I haven't posted in a while, but you might remember me from around 4 months ago, when I posted alot about a TED to fix some of my infant DS's bloody/mucousy poop issues. Well, now he's 6 months old, and not tolerating solid foods... the GI doc's threatening formula trial and endoscopy. So what happened?
The back story:
At 5 weeks, J had small specs bright red blood in his stool. Stool was also greenish and mucosy at this time. I saw his pediatrician, who said likely milk/soy protien allergy. I cut those out of my diet for two weeks, stools still mucousy, occasional blood, so I cut out the top 9 allergens, then corn 2 weeks later, then a TED (turkey, sweet potato, carrot, zucchini, pear, olive oil) for two weeks. I saw a pediatric GI doc during this time, who suggested formula, but didn't push it, and got me in touch with her nutritionist to guide my TED. Still, not so much improvement (though possible corn contamination). I was also using Culturelle at this time, and I was supplementing twinlabs calcium. Also realized that BCP had lactose and cornstarch. Quit those. That seemed to do the trick- no more blood specs.
So after two weeks "clear" I started introducing more foods, and made a huge graph of foods and possible reactions. Poop ranged from yellow to green to brown, mucousy to seedy, without apparent rhyme or reason. Anod no more blood. Then we saw the GI again at around 4 months, and she said start eating again, stools have no blood, multiple food protein intolerance is unlikely, just avoid dairy and soy. So I started adding more aggresively, and nothing happened really. (I stayed gluten free, too, cause I was being "cautious.")
Just now, around his 6 month "birthday," we saw the GI again, and she said to go ahead with solids- even though his poops don't look "normal" and there are signs of "inflammation," threr's no blood (obvious or microscopic), he's happy, gaining well, and developing appropriately.
So we did- organic sweet potatoes that I made at home, mixed with pumped BM, and he had maybe a teaspoon two days in a row. Then late on the second day his poops turned watery with clumps of mucous, and tested positive for microscopic blood!
So we stopped feeding him, called the doc, who wants to do a formula trial now, and if that "works," keep him on formula and introduce solids, and if it doesn't, do an endoscopy to see what else might be going on. She also thinks that sweet potato was the wrong choice- I should have done rice cereal- but I can't find one that I think is dairy/soy free... any ideas?
I don't think that he's actually allergic to sweet potatoes, I just think that his gut has been experiencing low-level inflammation for so long that any new substance would have tipped the scales. I think there's something I'm eating that's still bothering him. I just don't know what it is. For what it's worth, I never really got a good baseline- haven't seen normal seedy yellow breastmilk stools since he was a month old, except sporadically.
Sigh. thanks for reading this far.
My alternative plan-
1. Clean up my diet again. Over the month of August, I'd been more lax about my restrictions- eating out, going on vacation, etc. Now we're home again, I can re-commit to a truly from-scratch diet, free of likely allergens and corn. Also I need to recommit to my food log.
2. Probiotics for both of us. I have the Pharmax ones- I'd stopped giving the infant one's 'cause they have lactose. Does the good bacteria outweigh the "bad" lactose in this case, or no? should I look for other ones? recommendations?
3. Make an appointment with an Allegist, to get another perspective.
4. Duck GI's phone calls for a while, so I can see if my plan works... maybe for a month?
Anyway, all comments and suggestions are welcome!