C.T. asks from Middleton, WI on August 22, 2006
Baby with Belly Issues
My 14 month old has been having problems with loose stools for almost a month now. He is even occasionally throwing up either in the middle of the night or early morning. He has been to the doctor three times now, plus countless calls to the nurseline, all with no real resolution. He doesn't have a fever, he is eating okay, he is acting happy and remains playful. We have tried the BRAT diet, cut out juice and milk, but I am getting frustrated because nothing seems to help. Has anyone else dealt with anything like this before?
E.T. answers from Atlanta on February 28, 2008
CCDHC - located At Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.
Dr. Larry Saripkin! TOP Dr. in GI problems. Excellent group.
Look up www.ccdhc.org.
E. - Ped. RN
A.B. answers from Elkhart on August 28, 2006
I would wonder if you have a lactose intolerant baby. I had a lot of the same problems with my child until I cut out all dairy. My doctor refused to believe that was the problem until we had a second opinion.
H. answers from Atlanta on August 26, 2006
Have you ever thought of taking him to a Chiropractor. They are doing great things with pediatrics.
There is an out patient clinic at Life University on Barclay Cir in Marietta.
J.S. answers from Savannah on August 22, 2006
I don't know that this is tied to immunizations. It really sounds like a GI (stomach/intestine) issue that may need a specialist or second opinion.
Some nursing friends of mine in other areas of the country have swapped some info with me and here is a link and info on a new diet that some doctors are recommending for issues like this and some info from postings in other parts of the country on mamasource. You may find it helpful.
I am also including some links for other possible causes for the extended episodes of diarrhea.
I hope your baby does better soon.
Here is a website and article that explains the causes of constipation/diarrhea in small children.
It's really one of the best articles on the subject that I have found, and one that explains things in the most thorough manner.
Plenty of fluids and the B.R.A.T diet to manage diarrhea. B.R.A.T. is an acronym, which stands for:
Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, and Toast
These foods work well for controlling diarrhea because they are low in fiber and digestive residue.
Some doctors now recommend the C.R.A.M. diet (cereal, rice, milk) because the milk provides fat and protein (lacking in the B.R.A.T. diet) and the C.R.A.M. foods ease the diarrhea faster.
any juice or baby food that starts with P.--- Prunes, pears, peach, etc. and apricot juice or fruit will cause a bowel movement quickly. Gerber has stage one prunes, you could mix them into cereal or use the juice form. And any form of pear (juice or fruit) can give results quickly.
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T. answers from Atlanta on August 24, 2006
I would try a pediatric gastroenterologist (if I spelled it right). My newborn had reflux so bad and my pediatrician acted like his projectile vomiting was no big deal. The specialist put him on medication to prevent his esophagus from burning. So my point is you may want to try a specialist on your own. Good Luck.
C.R. answers from Atlanta on August 23, 2006
I'm not sure what type of doctor you took your infant to, but you should consider a pediatric gastrointerologist. You should be able to get a good referral from Childrens Hospital or Scottish Rite. I had a similar experience, but not to that degree, my daughter (when a newborn) would go through 15 to 20 diapers a day, she would have a bm from laughing, coughing, crying, anything. I had to take her several times to the doctor who didn't help, so I took her to a children ER and they sent me to a ped. gastro who discovered her problem i a timely manner so she wouldn't continue to suffer. It sounds like a problem for a specialist not a general peds dr.
L. answers from Tuscaloosa on August 22, 2006
I'm sorry to hear of your frutration. I've never had a simular problem. I've heard of daycare babies having such problems. Surly your peditritian can do stool cultures to help pin point the problem. Hope you find a solution very soon. Sorry I couldn't be of help, except to pray for a solution today.
C.A. answers from Nashville on August 22, 2006
Have you gone to a GI doctor? My biggest concern would be
dehydration. Make sure he is getting enough fluids since he is losing so much. I am a nurse hope this helps.
K. answers from Huntsville on August 23, 2006
I just looked it up in my American Academy of Pediatrics - Birth to Age 5 book and it sounds like you need to make sure Jacob is not becoming dehydrated. It also mentioned that this is not unusual but IF diarrhea lasts longer than 2 weeks it may signify a more serious type of intestinal problem - doctor should do test to make sure Jacob is not becoming malnourished. But I'm sure your doc looked into this. It just suggests limiting sugar intake.
From my experience with our 2 yr old - to prevent dehydration the nurse suggested half water and half gatorade. She said it was just as good as pedialite. Just make sure that he is taking in more fluids than he is letting out. Hope this helps. Good luck!
L.C. answers from Memphis on August 23, 2006
Hey, I have a 8 month old who had the colic and I called Dr. Champion (Wild Oats told me about him). He told me about some medicine that I could buy at Walgreens that really worked. It worked better than anything I had heard off. He is a renown herbalist. You might want to give him a call. He is in the yellow pages under "herbs." (The bad thing he is not in the best part of town; on Elvis Presley Blvd in Memphis.) Good luck.
R.D. answers from Decatur on August 23, 2006
Is he teething? Has he lost weight? If so, then I may try another Doctor just to be on the safe side. I wish I had better answers for you. Being a Mom is a tought job!