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    Default 4 Month old Chronic Diarrhea for a month

    My four month old has had diarrhea now for a month !
    Innitially he did seem "sick" with a slight fever (just felt very warm), this lasted about 9-10 days and then he had a couple normal looking stools and then back to the diarrhea.

    It's definatly diarrhea, it's just orange or green tinted water in his diaper where as before his poo had some consistancy to it.

    His Ped's theary is that he had a virus which messed up his gut, and so he then became sensitive to something I'm eating due to the flora being messed up. Her reccomendation is pro-biotics and cutting foods I may have been eating a lot of and that are high on the allergen/sensitivity list. So Far I've cut wheat with no luck and cut back on dairy.

    Is it really possible he could still be sensitive after a month? He was never sensitive before and had very normal stools. Sometimes green due to my OALD but this is different. I have to constantly use diaper cream as the fluid burns his bum!

    I am hoping to hear from other BF'ing mom's with any experience with this...

    I have a stool collection kit but it's memorial day weekend so I think I will have to re-collect a fresh sample which is hard because it soaks into the diaper immediatly.

    Thanks for any advice, literally a month of diarrhea has me very concerned.

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    Default Re: 4 Month old Chronic Diarrhea for a month

    wow, that sounds rough. no advice but a couple questions: is he gaining well? is he nursing well? is he exclusively BF (no solids or anything else but breast milk)?
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    Default Re: 4 Month old Chronic Diarrhea for a month

    I would get a referral for a pediatric gastroenterologist. A month of diarrhea sounds awful, and my require the knowledge and experience of a specialist.

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*juneflakes View Post
    His Ped's theary is that he had a virus which messed up his gut, and so he then became sensitive to something I'm eating due to the flora being messed up. Her reccomendation is pro-biotics and cutting foods I may have been eating a lot of and that are high on the allergen/sensitivity list.
    If this truly is a case of a disruption to the normal flora, then an over abundance of pathogenic taxa like Clostridium and Helicobacter that are always present but kept at bay by beneficial species would be a bigger concern for me than anything about your diet. The problem with probiotics is that they represent only a tiny fraction of the normal flora. Plus beneficial strains like lab strain Escherichia coli have gotten a bad rap because of pathogenic strains of the same species. As such you'll probably never see E. coli in your probiotics, even though it is known to be very important in keeping us healthy. There are prescription probiotics that may be better (but I don't know first hand), and a gastroenterologist would know more about those than a pediatrician.

    Plus it may be something totally unrelated to the normal flora. A gastroenterologist is better equipped to determine the true cause.
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    Default Re: 4 Month old Chronic Diarrhea for a month

    from experience trying to get diarrhea stool samples(much older kid) clingfilm/saran wrap inside the diaper. but it is not exactly great for their skin.
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