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28 Sep 2006

Blood in toddler's stools
My little (18 months) one had a cold and bronchitis last week and took a lot of cold medicines and also Celestamine, a cortisone. She was also on 2 courses antibiotics, first Zithromax on which she did not get better, then Amoxil on which she responded very well and got better soon.
All this and the mucus she swallowed seems to have made her constipated. Yesterday she really struggled to have a bowel movement, she strained and what came out (sorry this is gross) was almost like little pebbles. At the end of it was a small amount of blood. She does not look sick or anything. Should I worry? According to a few websites, this is normal when a baby is very constipated.
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01 Jan 0001

Dear cindy
give her some lactulose syrup at night and get some pediatric glycerine suppositries to put in daily to help her empty the bowel for a few days. Ask the pharmacist to demonstrate how to do it - it is usually easier if they lie on their sides and you use a bit of KY to make it go in easier.
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