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Is it normal for a baby to have bloody discharge?

We changed our 5 day old babys diaper and there was blood on the wipe. Almost like a period. We wiped it out and it was a vaginal bloody discharge. I called the advice nurse cuz the Drs office is closed and she said it was normal but she was reading info to me out of a book. I dont know if it is safe for me to trust it. I have heard of female babys having a transfer of hormones and thats what causes discharge but never anything about blood.

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Asked by KOURT at 9:58 PM on Feb. 16, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Uh that doesn't sound normal....

    Answer by krazyash023 at 9:58 PM on Feb. 16, 2009

  • if my baby had blood coming out of her i wouldnt sit on cafemom and ask, id take her to the ER... better to be safe than sorry.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:59 PM on Feb. 16, 2009

  • take the baby to the er NOW do not wait

    Answer by nakita72 at 10:00 PM on Feb. 16, 2009

  • mine had the same thing for 2 weeks after birth, one it was the hormones from me bfeeding until we found out i was starving her, and the hormones that are left in her after birth...its completly normal. if it continues take her in, we took her in twice the first cuz we were shocked and the second to make sure it was ok.

    Answer by HisServant4ever at 10:00 PM on Feb. 16, 2009

  • ummm no i would go to the ER i have never had that happen

    Answer by jodi205 at 10:00 PM on Feb. 16, 2009

  • WAIT! CALL THE NURSES ON THE L&D FLOOR WHERE YOU HAD THE BABY BEFORE YOU BRING HER TO THE ER! ER's are dirty and full of germs. You may not have to go. The nurses will answer your questions still at this age. A lot of baby's are born with your hormones and sometimes girls do have blood like a period after birth. If you can avoid the ER then that would be ideal for your baby. It's too stressful on you and baby. The nurses will either let you know what's going on, or they may let you bring the baby to their floor instead of the ER so they can look at her.

    Answer by beckcorc at 10:02 PM on Feb. 16, 2009

  • DOn't take her in to the ER, call them first. I have heard of this before and it is actually due to your hormones.

    Your newborn girl's genitals have been exposed to many hormones in the uterus. Among other things, these hormones may have:

    Made the outside of the vagina ("labia majora" and the "clitoris") a little swollen and prominent.
    Caused a thick, milky discharge in the vagina.
    Most dramatically, at 2 or 3 days of age, your daughter may have a little bit of bleeding from her vagina. This is perfectly normal and caused by the withdrawal of the hormones she was exposed to in the womb. It will be her first and last menstrual period for another decade or so.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:05 PM on Feb. 16, 2009


    Answer by Anonymous at 10:05 PM on Feb. 16, 2009

  • Normal bleeding during infancy
    Within the few weeks immediately following birth, some newborn girls will experience a small amount of bleeding from the vagina. This is entirely normal and occurs as the level of the mother's hormones in the baby's system gradually decreases. The result basically is the equivalent of a tiny menstrual period.

    This type of vaginal bleeding usually lasts less than a day and is not painful. No special evaluation or treatment is needed; and in fact, such bleeding during infancy can be somewhat reassuring, because when a baby girl's body responds in this way to the drop in hormone levels, it's a sign that her system is working properly.

    The important thing to keep in mind is that neither the presence nor the absence of bleeding in these early weeks is anything to be greatly concerned about. Either situation can be considered normal.


    Answer by Anonymous at 10:05 PM on Feb. 16, 2009


    Answer by Anonymous at 10:05 PM on Feb. 16, 2009

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