A to Z Symptom: Rectal Bleedingenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZSymptom-enHD-AR1.jpgLearn about some common causes of rectal bleeding, most of which aren't serious.rectal bleeding, anus, anal bleeding, bloody poop, bloody stool, blood in toilet, anal fissures, anal tears, rectum, fluids, fiber, and fitness, three f's, constipated, constipation, can't poop, diarrhea, hard poop, hemorrhoids, hemorrhoidal, polyps, inflammation of the intestines, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, ibd, bowels, symptoms, a to z, a to z symptoms, shigella, salmonella, campylobacter, gastro01/13/201404/11/201909/02/2019b5eb7642-ce35-4627-b3f5-20338eb1276ahttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-symptoms-rectal-bleeding.html/<p>Rectal bleeding refers to any blood that passes from the anus (where stool, or poop, exits the body). It can show up&nbsp;<a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-stool.html/">in the stool</a>, on toilet paper, or in the toilet, and can range from bright red to almost black.&nbsp;</p> <p>Kids can have rectal bleeding for different reasons, most of which are not serious.</p> <h3 id="a_More_to_Know">More to Know</h3> <h4>Causes</h4> <p>Different things can cause rectal bleeding; these are some of the most common:</p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li><strong>Anal fissures:</strong> These small tears are the most common cause of rectal bleeding in children. They&nbsp;can hapen when passing a large or hard stool, which stretches the lining of the anus until it tears, or when frequent <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/diarrhea.html/">diarrhea</a> irritates the lining. The tears can cause&nbsp;pain or itching in the area, especially during and after a bowel movement (BM).<br /> <br /> Fissures are very common in babies, and usually heal completely with basic care. In older kids and teens, the cuts can take several weeks or longer to heal and sometimes tear open again. The&nbsp;three F's (fluids, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/fiber.html/">fiber</a>, and fitness) and, in some cases, stool softeners can help make BMs easier to pass. Keeping the area clean and applying ointments can relieve pain and speed healing.</li> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/constipation.html/"><strong>Constipation</strong></a><strong>:</strong> This is when someone has painful (hard, dry, and unusually large) or less frequent bowel movements (BMs). The three F's &mdash; fluids, fiber, and fitness &mdash; can help prevent and control most cases of constipation.</li> <li><strong>Hemorrhoids:</strong> A <a class="kh_anchor">frequent complaint</a> of pregnant women, but not common among kids, these are varicose veins&nbsp;in the anus or rectum. They may bleed, itch, or sting, especially during or after a bowel movement. Again, fluids, fiber, and fitness can help prevent constipation (a leading cause of hemorrhoids) and control many instances of hemorrhoids.</li> <li><strong>Polyps:</strong> These small growths of tissue in the lining of the rectum or colon may bleed during or after a bowel movement.</li> </ul> <p>More serious causes of rectal bleeding include:</p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ibd.html/"><strong>Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)</strong></a><strong>,</strong> which refers to two chronic diseases that cause inflammation of the intestines: ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. Both can cause frequent diarrhea, so blood often appears in the stool. In severe cases, continued small amounts of blood loss can lead to <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/anemia.html/">anemia</a>.</li> <li>Intestinal infections caused by&nbsp;bacteria (such as <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/shigella.html/">shigella</a>, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/salmonellosis.html/">salmonella</a>, and <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/campylobacter.html/">campylobacter</a>), viruses, or parasites. Many of these can be prevented with <span>good&nbsp;</span><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/hand-washing.html/">hand-washing</a><span>&nbsp;and&nbsp;</span><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/food-safety.html/">food safety</a><span> habits.</span></li> </ul> <p>Sometimes, food allergies and blood-clotting problems also can lead to rectal bleeding.</p> <h3>Treatment</h3> <p>Drinking plenty of fluids, eating foods with fiber, and <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/exercise.html/">exercising regularly</a> can help treat and prevent constipation, hemorrhoids, and anal fissures. Keeping the area clean and applying ointments can relieve pain and speed healing. Rarely, a fissure doesn't heal and the doctor may recommend surgery.</p> <h3 id="a_Keep_in_Mind">Keep in Mind</h3> <p>The conditions that cause more serious cases of rectal bleeding will be treated by doctors. For instance, IBD is a chronic (long-term) condition that requires continuing care to help manage symptoms.</p> <div id="khcontent"> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p> </div>
A to Z: Anal FissureAn anal fissure is a cut or tear in the lining of the anus.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-anal-fissure.html/20bdaee1-b447-4997-9bac-0c8fa5e47cc4
A to Z: EncopresisEncopresis (soiling) is a condition that causes a child beyond the age of toilet training to have bowel movements (poop) in his or her underwear.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-encopresis.html/ef65b4b6-e17e-477f-8d39-01281b1c70f4
ConstipationConstipation is a very common problem that usually happens because a person's diet doesn't include enough fluids and fiber. In most cases, making simple changes can help you feel better.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/constipation.html/081f841e-c4c9-493e-a8df-160a60905046
DiarrheaNearly everybody gets diarrhea every once in a while, and it's usually caused by gastrointestinal infections. It's nothing to be embarrassed about. Read this article to learn more.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/diarrhea.html/a6f9f493-2ca8-437a-b4bb-4909ac75b2fc
FiberMany appetizing foods are also good sources of fiber - from fruits to whole-grain cereals. Here are ways to help kids get more fiber in their everyday diets.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/fiber.html/1bcc5253-1f4c-4764-bc84-066073c8a79f
First Aid: ConstipationConstipation is when a child has fewer bowel movements than usual. Ease constipation with the three Fs: fluid, fiber, and fitness.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/constipation-sheet.html/9a791385-08b0-46c8-9e76-e0076a9891a4
How Can I Tell if My Baby Is Constipated?Find out what the experts have to say.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/constipated.html/27878ead-7912-445c-a0a1-44bf36553c1d
Inflammatory Bowel DiseaseInflammatory bowel disease is an ongoing illness caused by an inflammation of the intestines. There are two kinds of IBD: Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/ibd.html/c57ab671-d60f-4706-887c-a02296112ad7
Stool Test: Fecal BloodStool samples can provide information about a problem in the GI system. To test the stool for the presence of blood, a noninvasive test - the fecal occult blood test (FOBT) - is performed.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/fobt.html/4278f0db-d965-4089-aa67-4ebdd6598888
Word! ConstipationSometimes your bowel movements - you know, the stuff inside your intestines we call poop - might be hard and dry.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/word-constipation.html/5cebfcb0-4c21-4963-b2c3-4b96e5e8084d
Word! FiberFoods with fiber are really good for you and your bowels!https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/word-fiber.html/97162a90-daae-4f67-b270-e66adf6addd7
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