The digestive or gastrointestinal tract goes from the mouth to the anus. It is often called the GI tract.
Bleeding can happen anywhere in the GI tract. It may be caused by an ulcer, an infection, or cancer. It may also be caused by medicines like aspirin or ibuprofen.
Light bleeding may not cause any symptoms at first. But if your child continues to bleed for a while, he or she may feel very weak or tired.
Sudden, heavy bleeding means your child needs to see a doctor right away. This kind of bleeding can be very dangerous. But it can usually be cured or controlled. The doctor will want to do some tests to find the cause of the bleeding.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: March 20, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
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