We've just come back from camping. On Wednesday and on Thursday we spent a long time at the lake. My 18 month old kept taking the bucket and drinking the lake water out of it. We obviously kept stopping her but we can't be staring at her every second and I know she drank quite a bit. I don't know why, I feel so stupid now, but I wasn't even thinking about it making her sick. She was up all night last night, crying a lot. Maybe stomach pains? Starting this morning she has had green diarrhea, I think about 8 times so far. She is asleep now but crying out in her sleep periodically. I am now concerned that she may have gotten something from the lake water. MIL was thinking maybe E. Coli but DH is saying that isn't a concern because they test the water at the provincial parks. I don't get that though because I know there are animals who would poop in the lake and I'm sure some people occasionally do too, not to mention the babies in diapers. Wouldn't they have to test the water every day to rule out E. Coli? Anyways DH isn't concerned, MIL and I are. Maybe its nothing but should I take her in tomorrow? We don't have a doctor because our city has a shortage of them (we just moved her last year) so I'd either have to go to the walk-in clinic or the ER. The walk-in clinic seems rather limited in what they are able to do and their expertise. Is it really serious enough to go to the ER though? I am just a little wary because I am in Ontario and there was a huge problem with contaminated water (it was the town's water supply) in Walkerton and people died. My friend lived in Walkerton at the time and she got very sick. So I am a little scared of that. Any advice is appreciated. Oh also, is there anything I should be watching for if it is some kind of lake infection that would necessitate taking her to ER in the middle of the night?
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8/17/07 at 11:12pm