Q I found some blood in my newborn baby girl’s nappy. The GP said it was normal but it’s still a worry to me. What’s it all about? A Dr Mike Starr, paediatrician,
says: It’s quite common to find a little blood in your baby’s nappy. There are lots of possible causes and it’s usually nothing to worry about. Your baby may have swallowed blood from a cracked nipple while breastfeeding. This will not hurt the baby and you can continue to breastfeed (as long as it’s not too painful). The blood may be from a scratch or crack in the skin of your baby’s anus if she has had dry, hard or large bowel actions. You can apply nappy rash or barrier cream to the irritation if it is on the outside skin. Due to maternal hormones, many newborn girls have a vaginal discharge of mucus, and sometimes blood, for a few days. Severe nappy rash can also lead to some bleeding. Investigate blood in the nappy if it’s heavy or persistent, or she has a high fever or bruises.