Micah has consistently had 2-5 NASTY diapers every day for the last 5 weeks or so. They were the most HORRIBLE smell (not just dirty diapers, I can handle dirty diapers… but this was AWFUL!). The stench not only permeated his bedroom, but the entire house! Airing out the house daily was necessary- no matter how cool of a morning it was, windows were open!!
We even went on vacation for 5 days in a hotel room with 8 people and it was not something that we were looking forward to! Thankfully our room had a sliding glass door and balcony so we could even air out the hotel room!
We tested for parasites, Giardia (sp?), Roto Virus, and something else that I don’t remember and everything came back negative. That was just a ‘starting point’ and the easiest thing to figure out—if he had an infection. Our ped called us and said let’s test for C-diff since he was on so many antibiotics previously and it would make sense. I picked up the nice little ‘cup’ to test him on Friday morning.
I also had my mind running thinking WHAT IN THE WORLD and I remembered something that might be helpful. When we first brought Micah home from Ukraine he had horrible explosive bowel movements 4-6 times/day. He was miserable. And then… we put him on SOY. We’ve already been doing the “BRAT” diet (bananas, rice, applesauce, toast- but he doesn’t eat toast) for 2 weeks, so let’s see what else we can change…
Thursday I took Micah off milk again. He’s been on it for almost 18 months with no issues, but then all of a sudden after his tonsil surgery this has been just awful. When it didn’t come back as an infection (we also ran bloodwork which did not suggest infection), my next thought was this.
Thursday after the initial morning BM hat he always has he didn’t have another BM all day. Or all night. Friday he did not have a BM. AT ALL. Today he woke up and wouldn’t you know… the house didn’t smell! Now, I don’t want to take one problem and make it the opposite (constipation) but this morning he had a BM unlike the ones he’s had for 5+ weeks. It was the ONLY one we’ve had like that. Even the smell… was tolerable.
And now I come to think… MUST be the milk! But I don’t know enough about allergies to really be able to say.
Would a milk allergy’s effects “go away” that soon (within 48 hours) of removing all milk products? He’s also been very bloated. His pants fit yesterday! His little round tummy has once again recessed to his normal size. Can that all happen that quickly after taking him off milk?
Or is this just ‘time’ that is finally kicking something he had going on that is ‘wearing off’? Or maybe the BRAT diet is finally working?
Today we’ll put him back on oatmeal instead of rice to thicken his drinks. And soy milk. No dairy, but less of the BRAT diet.
In a way I hope it’s a coincidence, because a milk allergy that causes that severe of stomach discomfort is not something I wish upon him! But I also hope it’s the answer because it IS something that we can manage and he can hopefully feel better now!!
More potty talk later… for now I’m just glad he can take a bath and sit and enjoy himself without me being concerned that he’ll fill the entire tub with a brownish MUCK that will require 4-5 baths to get out of his hair :) Yes, I know… leaves you with such great imagery, right? :)