My 4 week old baby has been getting mucus in her stool a little more or less around the time she was 1 week old. She is exclusivey breast fed.I suspect a food allergy, but I am not too sure. Accompanied by this is a red ring around her bum (which went away 2 days after using an organic herbal tincture called MotherLove) and although i am happy it went away -- i fear that it's only because I've treated the symptom -- and not the underlying problem.... Aside from this, my baby girl is pretty gassy, cries in her sleep, always needs to be held, and has generally fussy some days. The dr also felt her belly and said that it's "hard". Apparently newborn's bellies should be soft so obviously something is bothering her gastrointestinely. During my pregnancy I had been vegan and very healthy. I compltely stayed away from any junk food, dairy, etc... it wasn't until I was in labor that I started eating unhealthier than usual mainly for comfort. I ate organic potato chips, brownies, chocolate covered raisins, etc .. Turned out that while in labor I actually had an allergic reaction from something because my lip swelled up quite a lot. After she was born, my midwives offered me non organic indian food (which usually i would never eat) .. being so tired i accepted it and am pretty sure there was dairy in it. The first week of my baby's life i ate lots of grilled chz, mac and cheese, pizza etc mainly because that is what i was craving, and they are all easy to prepare. Soon i noticed the red ring around her bum hole .. and the mucus in her diapers. So i eliminated dairy completely from my diet. That was 3 weeks ago. The problem still has not gone away. I don't do soy either. Today i started an elimination diet. I am living only on carrots, kale, and avocados because I am so desperate for this to go away!! It hurts me so much to see her in such discomfort. And i worry about her future. Will it always be like this? I feel like it is ALL MY FAULT. I should have known better than to eat the dairy and junk food while in labor. If I hadn't done that -- would the situation still be the same?
My drs also suspect she has thrush as she has some white on the back of her tongue (not much though). Could this be causing the rash as well as the mucusy stools and G.I discomort? Aside from the elimination diet, I am working to get rid of the thrush, as well as supplementing her with Kirkman Labs probiotics. What else can I do?
I was wondering if any one else had experienced a situation similar to this one. Also, if anyone had battled thrush and also noticed mucus in baby's stool? I have been researching thrush and have not found that to be one of the symptoms?
I feel so horrible , guilty, and scared ...... and to make matters worse I don't have any friends or family. None. I feel so alone in all of this. Wish i had someone to talk to :(