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#1 of 5 Old 02-07-2006, 08:01 PM - Thread Starter
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I am just wondering if and when I need to be concerned about my dd's recent loose stools. On friday, she had one loose stool in the evening. Then on saturday she didn't eat much breakfast and threw up in the car (which I think was due to car sickness since she was reading and this happened in the same situation once before). She had a total of 3 loose stools saturday, 4 sunday, 3 monday, and one so far today. She has started to have more of an appetite but we are trying to limit her to bready things, rice, some noodles, bananas and applesauce. She has nursed and had tons of water throughout. She is really well hydrated. On sunday and monday nights she had trouble sleeping and complained of her tummy until she had a BM and then was fine. Last night she slept fine. The stools were getting more pasty but today daycare reported that her diaper was so runny it leaked. Now, she is begging me for a peach. What to do, what to do?

I sort of feel like she is fine and has had no fever, so I should just watch her diet and let it work itself out. We didn't add anything new, she had a slight runny nose over the weekend and has been really chomping on her hands, but she has all her teeth and I don't feel any 2-year molars. Any other mamas have an experience like this.

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Do the BM have a strong sour smell to them? Rotavirus is going around here and my DD got it really bad. The signature thing for Rotavirus is the diarrhea that smells.
My dd had it so bad (diarrhea, throwing up and fever) for the second day that we ended up in the hospital for dehydration. As long as the toddler stays hydrated, they should be fine.
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all they've ever told me to do is make sure he stays hydrated and do bananas, rice, applesauce, toast...

that said, when *I* went in for kinda the same thing, *I* was told fiber, more veggies, etc. and to limit dairy.

so....I would probably give her a little peach if she REALLY wants it. But limit the amount. if it makes things worse again, I wouldn't do it again.

I don't know if you do milk (besides nursing!) and/or juice, but if you do, I'd eliminate them (but keep nursing!) until this goes away. Sugary stuff and sometimes dairy can make things worse while they're recovering.

A doc is just going to tell you what you're already doing, I wouldn't go in unless it's still going on maybe next Monday. Seriously, they don't get concerned unless it's been a week or so or your babe is dehydrated.

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I hope your dc has improved.

My 12-month old ds is back to having quasi breastmilk poops mixed with the few solids he ate a few hours prior. Is this what (nursing) toddler diarrhea looks like?

Ds had huge poops on Thursday night, Friday morning, Friday night, etc. The rest have been little but frequent (every 2 hours or so). Low grade fever Thursday and Friday. Cough, snotty nose, drool - all intermittent. We're on day 10 of the snotty nose, day 6 on the cough, and day 5 on the "super poop".

Our daycare has a policy of no sick kids until 24 hours symptom free. "They can come back when they're no longer contagious." So what about all those snotty-nosed kids I see in other rooms? But I digress...

I know this is viral in origin and I'd really like to toss some sodium ascorbate into the mix. But I'm not sure how much to give. "Until bowel tolerance" is not helpful in this situation.

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Thanks for your replies. Thankfully, dd began to feel better mid-week. She had her last day of loose stools on Tuesday (only one) and is now back to normal. There has been a stomach bug going around and I can only hope she was partially spared due to her committment to nursing!

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