What Is Fecal Occult Blood In Children?
The presence of fecal occult blood in children is caused by minimal bleeding of less than a tablespoon a day in the gastrointestinal tract which leads to iron deficiency.
Bleeding is abnormal and needs to be corrected by locating the source.
Q: What does occult blood mean?
A: Occult means the small amount of blood in the stool cannot be seen by the eye when inspecting it. Therefore, suspect bleeding is found through a simple test performed on stool because stool would carry the blood away from the site of bleeding.
A fecal occult blood test is inexpensive and can be done at home or in the doctor’s office. Most types involve smearing a stool sample onto a test card that either contains a chemical that turn blue if blood is present or else requires applying the chemical to the sample.
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