We have been dealing with parasites since my son got some contaminated water (slip and slide into mud) in June. The typical stool sample parasites usually go away shorter than five weeks though you do need to get rid of all dairy to see if it's just residual lactose intolerance. We didn't find anything with typical stool samples. We did with metametrix stool. He has six parasites (most related to each other/go together) and they aren't the type that you get rid of on your own. He is on Alinia now and we're hoping it gets it. He does a lot of the probiotics mention above and I do recommend them. Do dairy free versions (Klaire labs does bouldari dairy free and culturelle makes a dairy free strain). But if this goes on try to get a metametrix stool as there are a number of relatively common parasites the body (and probiotics and natural alternatives too) can't get rid of. Others you can do something like oregano oil and beat. But you have to know what you're dealing with to know how to proceed. Another thought is a bacterial infection. Some of those don't clear but all but one (an unlikely one given his probable source) can be treated with natural antibiotics. My kid got a bunch of them too (and we know they were all new).
It's funny (but not). Now every time I see pictures of kids playing in mud puddles or creeks I think "I wonder if he's eating a parasite"!
Originally Posted by moon mountain mama
Thank you, I will read it.
I am nursing my 2 year old and 3 month old and because of this unknoiwn infection my toddler has, I have been washing my nipple with hydrogen peroxide and then water after he nurses. Do any of you know if this is effective or should I be taking other measures to ensure the 3 month old doesn't get what my toddler has?
No one else in our family has gotten my son's parasites. All parasites are spread via poop. So what I would recommend is that you wear gloves and wash hands well after diaper changes or toileting clean up. I'd wash his hands too after diaper changes/toileting (obviously). Be careful about the surface you're using for diaper changes (I'd do a towel you can wash on hot). Do not let him put his hands in his diaper or underwear. Use over-alls if you have to to prevent that. Wash hands well after he wakes up in case he's itching at night (some parasites cause anal itching). If he's in cloth diapers be very careful with his in terms of washing and drying on hot. I hot wash of my son's underwear and hot dry apart from the rest of the family for extra protection. Wash his bedclothes on hot/dry on hot away from other family members sheets and stuff. I read that some people wash everything on cold. You certainly don't want that when you're dealing with a parasite. If he's potty trained be careful about the potty cleaning (gloves, thorough cleaning etc.) The worst kinds of parasites (and most of them really) aren't killed by disinfectants but by physical removal or boiling (which obviously you can't boil a toilet!) So washing is more effective than hydrogen peroxide but I don't think you need to worry about breastfeeding transmission unless his or your hands have stool on them. Maybe wash his hands and yours prior. I do a bath every night.
Most important is that the kids shouldn't share a bath, preferably not even a tub. We started showering my kids but if the baby can bathe in his own tub or the sink or whatever that should be good enough. You don't want him swallowing water that has been on your other son's bottom basically.
The thing about parasites is they wreck havoc on the body. Some of them lower gut IGA (immune system) levels which have tons of effects (autoimmune, food allergy, resistance to other bugs, etc.). Chronic diarrhea obviously isn't good in terms of nutrition and growth. I guess I'm saying I understand your concern about medications. But you really, really need to know what this is and treat it because not treating has it's own problems. I'd do metametrix stool if you can. They do DNA testing so are much more likely to find something than a typical culture and they look for any and all parasites (vs. just giardia or just crypto) and all bacterial overgrowths as well. They will find what is causing the diarrhea. Our insurance reimbursed most of the cost of the stool but we did have to pay metametrix up front. Then if you let me know I can tell you how to treat. Chances are my son has it whatever it is!