My DS is on day 6 of having very loose stools that emerge without warning. We've been giving him BRATY (banana, rice, applesauce, dry toast, yogurt) foods, and the stools will go from watery to looking like applesauce, and it looks like food just isn't being digested very well - like the applesauce looks the same on its way out as it does going in (I know, TMI), and I could see what he ate for lunch yesterday coming out in his poops at 5 p.m. He will make fairly large stools every 45 min. or hour for half the day - it's like his intestines are not doing their work very efficiently right now. He doesn't have a fever, isn't complaining of tummy aches, there's no blood, we haven't introduced any new foods to his diet...he does eat wheat, dairy, eggs, but this has only been a problem for the last 6 days, so I am not certain that a food sensitivity would be the cause.
Does anyone have suggestions for what could be the cause or what do to to remedy this? I suppose we can do an elimination diet (I so hate these because when you cut out wheat and dairy, DS is basically down to eating meat, soy products, and green peas...) to rule out food sensitivity, but why would it come on so suddenly?
It occurred to me over the weekend that my colostrum is in, and maybe THAT is the cause of the loose stools. After looking on the nursing beyond infancy forum, this seems like a common problem for nursing toddlers with very pregnant mothers. I would not have thought that nursing 2-3 times a day would cause this much havoc, but it seems the most likely explanation, and hopefully it will resolve once my regular milk comes in. At least he's not pooping 5-6 times a day, more in the 1-3 range now, so that makes it less worrisome too.
Doula, WOHM, wife to a super-fun papa, mama to the Monkey ('07), and his little brother, the Sea Monkey ('09).