I have UC but have been doing fairly controlling it for the last 7 months. However, I am posting out of concern for my daughter. I was diagnosed just months after her birth and in the back of my mind have worried that she might also develop UC. She has been fine so far but there have been a few isolated times over the last four months that I thought I might have seen a very small amount of blood in her BM but it never happened twice in a row and I wrote it off to something she ate that was red or orange...She is very regular with her BM's. She usually has one in the late morning and sometimes another in the late afternoon. This Wednesday she had a hard time with her BM and told me her tummy hurt. It took her a while to go (which is not at all common for her), when she finally went there was a small spot of blood on the stool and a little bit on the TP when I wiped her. The stool was softer than normal as well. I took her to the doctor today and she did a rectal exam (just by inserting her finger). She did not feel anything or see any tears. She said she felt some hard stool and that Addyson might be a little constipated even though she has daily BM’s. She tested for blood just by "swabbing" a piece of paper with the finger that she examined Addyson with...it came back negative for blood. Addyson is not running a fever, is eating normally and not acting sick. The doctor asked me to collect a stool sample. After trying a few times, Addyson finally had a BM tonight. She acted like she was having a hard time passing it again tonight but I could not tell if it was because she was cramping and in pain or if it was simply because she was straining from possibly being constipated. She has NEVER had trouble passing stool before. Tonight the stool she passed was mostly green, still not well formed, and had some harder round pellets mixed in with the softer stool...it looked to me like there were some small mostly pin point sized spots (not streaks) of blood again in her stool tonight. There were not many spots but there were a few and they were bright red to light pink. There was no blood when I wiped her. I was able to get a stool sample but my husband is out of town and I could not get it up to the lab within the required hour so I am hoping to collect one tomorrow and take it in for further testing. I know children her age can develop UC although it is more common for onset to occur in teenagers and young adults. I did see a small amount of mucus in her BM one time about a month ago but it was well formed and regular looking. She has never had more than two or three BM's a day (except when she was an infant). She has not had many stomach viruses and has overall been really healthy but I am stressing out worrying about the blood, the either pain or difficulty when she went potty tonight and soft green stool! She is getting irritated with me asking if it hurt when she went potty. She keeps telling me, no, it does not hurt. I am also now reconsidering the few times over the last months that I saw some red/pink spots on her stools and thought it was something she ate...
Does anyone have experience with UC in toddlers or children????? Is it uncommon for toddlers to have green soft stool/mixed with hard stool with small blood spots if they are constipated or if they have a slight intestinal infection??? I would love to hear thoughts on this…I am sure that my stress is not good for Addyson or for my own UC…
Dx 2006 right after the birth of my daughter
Lialda now down to 1 pill a day!
Canasa on and off as needed