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Bleeding: Fecal Occult Blood In Children 

Home Kit to Obtain Sample for Testing Stool.

Home Kit to Obtain Sample for Testing Stool.

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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