Gastrointestinal Bleeding

Gastrointestinal bleeding is bleeding somewhere along the path that food travels through the body (digestive tract). This path is anywhere between the mouth and the opening of the butt (anus). You may have blood in your throw up (vomit) or in your poop (stools). If there is a lot of bleeding, you may need to stay in the hospital.

HOME CARE

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

  • Eat foods with fiber such as whole grains, fruits, and vegatables. You can also try eating 1 to 3 prunes a day.

  • Drink enough fluids to keep your pee (urine) clear or pale yellow.

  • Take a warm water bath (sitz bath) as told by your doctor.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • Your bleeding gets worse.

  • You feel dizzy, weak, or you pass out (faint).

  • You have bad cramps in your back or belly (abdomen).

  • You have large blood clumps (clots) in your poop.

  • Your problems are getting worse.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.