Like many of you, my LO has been experiencing frequent green poops this last week. I called the ped this morning and apparently they are seeing cases of rotavirus earlier this year than usual. It is associated with fever, nausea, and abdominal cramps. The risk is dehydration so count those wet dipes! The poop is baby's version of diarrhea, which I had learned from multiple sources, and their suggestion confirmed what I'd thought - it is viral. Though, it was complicated to isolate the factors.
I indulged in some (OK a lot of ) ice cream the week before last and this coincided with some serious spit ups that preceded our green poop phase. Sounds a bit like allergies, right? Well, then I read this about rotavirus: "The incubation period ranges from 1-3 days. Symptoms often start with vomiting followed by 4-8 days of diarrhea. Temporary lactose intolerance may occur." Sheesh! So complicated. At least I have been BFing long enough to know it wasn't a foremilk/hindmilk imbalance but with so many factors, what is a mommy to think?!
Our pediatrician recommended offering 1/2 capful of "Culturelle" (sp?) probiotic per 1 oz. breastmilk in a bottle 2 x/day. (I'm sure any probiotic would do, Culturelle is the brand they give to infants at the local hospital.) Apparently this is supposed to cut the length of the infection in half - from 2 weeks to 1 week. Also SERIOUS HAND WASHING is needed.