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Question: blood in stool

 karategirl - Sun Jul 30, 2006 7:46 pm

My daughter says she passed a large painfull stool 1 1/2 weeks ago that had a ripping sensation.She then became constipatedfor 5 dayswith bad cramps and sharp pains,so i took her to the doctor and he recommended an enema.She used the enema. when she went she said there was a fair amount of blood on the tissue paper,then she went again and said there where drops of blood on the toilet seat and tissue paper.She says she sees blood on her toilet paper often.Im worried about her.I asked and she said the blood wasnt really bright but wasnt really dark either.She is 13 and often has stomach pain,bloating and constipation.Would this need urgent medical help?
 Theresa Jones, RN - Tue Aug 01, 2006 5:23 am

User avatar Hi karategirl,
Any blood in the stool should be investigated to identify the etiology. Based on your description of a "ripping sensation" she may have experienced, for example, an anal tear/split which would result from passage of a large hard stool. Treatment is aimed at reducing the causes of the initial tear and preventing new ones from occurring. A diet high in fiber, or additionally attained by supplements, adequate recommended intake of water, avoiding foods that are difficult to digest or trigger constipation, will aide in softening the stool to a consistency that doesn't stress the rectal area and will allow the healing process to occur.
Theresa Jones, RN

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