I have a 7 month old, exclusively breast fed.
A few weeks ago, my LO had a cold and cough. We let the cold run its course while comforting her with an aspirator and humidifier. Once the runny nose subsided and it was just the cough, she started to have watery stools. She was fussy before going down and seemed to have gas. I gave her some gripe water, which to my dismay, had spoiled. I did not see the mold spores growing through the dark glass bottle until I had put it in her mouth. After a phone call to the ped, then poison control, I was told to make sure her throat was clear and to watch for vomiting and diarrhea, otherwise not to worry. Because she was already having watery stools from what I thought was the cold, I was really unsure what to do and was reassured that I just needed to watch for dehydration. After this event, several days later, two teeth popped through, which I have also heard may cause diarrhea from the excessive amounts of drool. She had a low fever during the cold but has not had one since the runny nose went away.
I am trying to determine if there is something in my diet that could be causing the watery stools. For several months, she has had one bowel movement a day after her 10am feeding. It barely smells and is typical bm stool. Now, she is having a bowel movement immediately (or 10 min) after every feeding. Every single feeding! They are not very big, some are very watery, others are seedy and runny, but they smell gassy and/or sweet and pungent. There were a few that were slightly green over the weekend.
I do take probiotics. My Garden of Life Prenatal that I started in January has probiotics in it, but I have been taking 13 billion probiotics from Vitamin Shoppe since my 2nd trimester. Is it possible I am taking too many probiotics?
She has been fussy before I lay her down but an added nursing session or gripe water calms her down. She never fusses while pushing a bowel movement, she continues to play happily, and grins when she gets it out.
When and what do I ask the ped for? A stool culture? Or do I continue to let it run its course? Has anyone else experienced this?
*I'd like to consider solids soon as her weight percentile has dropped significantly from delaying solids until the AAP recommended 6m but I do not think I should add anything while her tummy is upset. Could my milk no longer be fulfilling the nutrient requirements she needs, her body is absorbing every bit of fat, so now all that's left when digested is water? Her sleep habits haven't changed, she is not lethargic, she has a ton of energy, and still a sweet disposition. I have even tried to get her to nurse longer to make sure she is getting enough.
I apologize for the long novel! Thank you in advance for any advice, opinion, or help you offer.