Green Stool With Blood Not Tolerating Formula

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DB - March 6

My poor dd pooped out green with a few bits of blood...of course I freaked and called the pediatrician... and the only thing different in her diet (which is 99% br___tmilk) was the 1.5oz of formula she had yesterday due to my bad timing with pumping. The doc thinks she can't tolerate the formula and her poop should return to nice yellow br___tfed baby poop since she only had that tiny bit of formula (which now I feel soooo guilty about giving her)...but if it continues over night she has to be seen tomorrow...but has this happened to anyone else's LO? I feel terrible about this.

 

janelle - March 7

Your lo may be sensitive to milk so if you have to give her formula once in a while maybe you could try a lactose free formula such as similac LF.I have seen good results with this my friend went through the same thing.Good Luck!!

 

tryingx3 - March 7

poo turned greenish with formula, no blood...I only buy lactose free formula....$$$ but my husband is lactose intolerant so I bought it to be safe.

 

DB - March 7

Well, I had originally thought she was colicky and I was going to even cut milk out of my diet, but it was really reflux which she takes Zantac for, but she's still a fussy baby (just not screaming in pain anymore)...so maybe I'll try cutting milk from my diet and see if that helps her fussiness. I'll be lactose free formula just to have on hand. I've only given her formula 2x and it was only a tiny bit, but better safe than sorry I guess. Thanks ladies.

 

AnytimeLittleone - March 7

DB - Im the queen of allergy questions.. (self proclaimed, but hey, ill take what I can get). My dd has a soy allergy, and a cows milk protein intolerance. What youre describing sounds like an IGE specific cows milk protein allergy. If she had the bloody stool from 1.5oz of formula, then its probably pretty bad. I would not give her formula anymore, OR go and buy a can of Allimentum or Nutramigen.. these are hypoallergenic and wont cause any discomfort for your baby. Good luck on trying to eliminate milk from your diet.. you might find that your dd is able to tolerate the cheese and yogurt in your diet, and just not milk. Good luck!

 

tryingx3 - March 7

Lactation consultant told me cheese was actually more "concentrated" than milk itself...this was in relation to having problem with clogged duct...at the time I told her I had introduced cheese back into my diet.

 

AnytimeLittleone - March 7

I dont know about cheese being more concentrated than milk. I was advised by an allergist that the "maturing process" that it involved with cheese and yogurt causes a breakdown of some of the proteins. This would help an IGE allergy situation, but not a lactose sensitivity. You're just going to have to do trial and error, which totally sucks!

 

tryingx3 - March 7

maybe it was how the fat molecules moved through the ducts - maybe I misunderstood and it is just harder for it to pa__s through, not necessarily anything to do with digestion on the infants part, know what I mean?

 

LisaB - March 7

My ds has a milk intolerance/allergy so he cant have milk but hes fine with cheese and yogurt. Also when I as nursing the milk I had never bothered him.

 

DB - March 7

Well, she pooped again, green with blood. So, I called the ped. and got her in later this afternoon just to be safe (I'm a parnoid worrier!!)...She is acting fine, but seeing green poop with blood just freaks me out! Does this mean she won't be able to drink milk when she's older or is it something they can grow out of? Poor thing, I swear if it's not one thing it's another *sigh**

 

janelle - March 7

They say 1 in 100 babies develop a true intolerance to milk or milk protein and most outgrow it by age 1 or 2 so hopefully that will be your case.

 

forumspyer - March 7

Green poop signals constipation. The blood is obviously because the stool had trouble getting out. Give baby a TBS of brown sugar mixed with a couple ounces of water. This is a natural, harmless stool softener and laxitive. :)

 

olivia - March 7

How old is your lo? My dd pooped green with blood at 5 1/2 months when i introduced rice cereal mixed with a bit of formula (she had not had either). We omitted the formula and mixed with b___stmilk and she still had blood and mucus in her poop. We held off another 1 1/2 months on anything but b___stmilk, and after that reintroduced rice cereal, then introduced fomula at 7 or 8 months and she had no reaction to either of them again. I just wanted to add this because she did NOT have a problem again once this cleared up, and I know you are probably worried about long term allergies etc. Try not to read too much into it. She could have a fissure that the doctor can check for, and the green could be just the natural color of her poop from the introduction of the fomula. Also, if you are cutting milk out of your diet as a precaution, know that it takes a full 2 weeks of dairy free for your b___stmilk to be changed from it. Good luck, I know it is so scary to see blood in that diaper. I was completely freaked out when it happened to my dd!

 

AnytimeLittleone - March 7

Olivia... rice cereals often have skim milk in them... you were probably experiencing the same kinda thing as DB... Like Janelle said.. they outgrow it.. sometimes by 6 months, sometimes 12 months, sometimes 2 years... DB- if your dd does end up having an allergy, then she can not have conventional formulas, or milk until 1 yr of age. Peds will often suggest a trial of yogurt/cheese at 9 months to see how its tolerated.

 

DB - March 7

Ok, we're back from the ped...the verdict is she can't have regular formula...although I do plan on bf til at least 6 months of age, so I shouldn't have to worry til then. The doc thought I was weaning her and I had to explain that she ate, I showered, pumped and expected her to sleep a couple more hours but she woke up 15 minutes after I was done pumping, screaming to eat again, and I didn't have a clean bottle so I gave her the pre-bottled formula that the hospital gave us.. So, I guess I'll have to do a better job at timing my pumping sessions. So, once I stop bf pediatrician said to start her on soy formula at first and then we'll go from there. forumspyer-thanks, but my dd is definitely not constipated-she poops so much it's unreal!!! Olivia my dd is 5 weeks today!! She's such a peanut. Her last poop at the doctor's office was turning back to yellow b___stmilk only poop!! And YES, blood is scary...hope to not see it again anytime soon.

 

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