Firming Up Stools After LO Illness

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Kara H. - January 17

Max has had Rotavirus, but is pretty much back to normal other than the loose stools. They are not watery anymore just very runny and having lots of accidents. His appit_te is back to normal so I think that is why we are having problems with leakouts since the shear volume of stool has increased. We had working our way thru the cereals prior to the illness but having attempted any solids since Friday when he got sick. I am wanting to try to firm up his stools. Do you think that I would upset his recovering digestive system if I started feeding him thicker rice cereal in an attempt to "constapate" him a bit? How about yogurt to get the bacteria coat back? Is six months too young for yogurt?

 

Rabbits07 - January 18

Call and ask your pedi about a product called Lactonex...it is a powdered acidophillus supplement that our pedi had recommended when my son had Rotavirus when he was 13 months old. It comes in packets and is powdered so it's easy to add to a bottle of formula. It worked wonders! Also, keep in mind that it is normal for that diarrhea to linger for a couple of weeks so if nothing seems to help it may just need to run it's course. In our case though the Lactonex made a huge difference.

 

haymay - January 18

I am going through the exact same problem...my dd had a virus along with the rest of the family back around the 5th of this month, throwing up and diarea the whole bit, and she was better in a few days but the diarea has lingered this long. She is 9 months old. I did what you mentioned and fed her rice cereal again, anything that used to make her a bit consipated...bananas etc. and she was still having diarea despite the fact of the firming foods. I called the dr. a couple days ago and they told me to get a formula called "Similac Isomil DF" it's a formula for babies 6 months and older and it's specifically for diarea. Of course I couldn't find it anywhere but I've been told it's in Walgreen's all over the country(just not in ours evidently because they said they didn't have it)... I didn't start feeding my dd yogurt til she was about 7 months, I'm not sure but I think 6 months would be a bit too young for that. I am feeding her the yogurt now, for a few days in a row, and it is helping TONS, her stolls are less runny now and less frequent!! As Rabbits07 mentioned, I would definately ask your dr. about using acidophalus caplets. You can get the gelcaps w/ powder inside that you can break open and mix with bottles or food. It's a naturally occuring bacteria found in your digestive tract, and it's also the stuff in yogurt. I have digestive issues and I've taken this stuff for years, so many dr.s and people have recommended it to me. That would be a great alternative to the yogurt for Max!! Hope he gets over it soon, good luck :o)

 

Kara H. - January 18

I spoke to my ped before I say your post, Rabbits. While I ususally love our ped, she wasn't much help this time. She said to feed him less more often so his intestines can rest, but that was the extent of her help. I love Dr. Greenes website and his site recommended acidopholis, soy formula and rice cereal. I am making the "excutive decision" to follow his advice over hers. At this point I am worried about us getting re-infected and this making a second round thru our house. Rabbits - can I get Lactonex other the counter or do I need a script.

 

Jenny - January 18

Never, Never stop your lo from having loose stools while they are sick! The reason for the loose stool is because there is still a virus that has to run its course. Once the virus is gone then your babys stool will harded back.

 

Rabbits07 - January 18

I would be Lysol-ing everything to death! You can get the Lactonex otc, but at every pharmacy in our town they still keep it behind the counter and you have to ask for it. If you don't see it on the shelf ask at the pharmacy if they have it behind the counter.

 

ashtynsmom - January 18

I would say to go ahead and re-introduce the solids. Maybe he needs som consistency in his tummy. As far as the yogurt, I have been told 9 mos... but you might want to look further into that.

 

Kara H. - January 18

Jenny - I am not trying to stop the diarrhea, just get it thick enough to quit running out all four sides of this diaper. I am well aware of the issues surrounding giving Imodium AD to a child sick with a virus. Ped has said that the virus has cleared (were one week out from onset), but diarrhea will persist due to the body shedding the innermost lining of the intestine thru the illness. That is why it can take WEEKS to get things to return to normal as the body tries to rebalance itself.

 

Kara H. - January 18

Rabbits - forget the Lysol, I'm CLOROX-ing everything! Doornobs, changing table, countertops, bathrooms top to bottom, and all handles on every door and drawer on every piece of furniture and cabnetry in the house! I have turned the hot water heater way up and have been washing every linen in the house in the hottest water possible. I have even gotten Max's microwave steam sterilizer back out and nuking all of his bottle pieces as well. I have a carpet cleaner w/an apolstry attachment reserved for this weekend. Not quite sure what chemical I'm going to dump in there since I don't want to bleach my furniture, but it will be some type of disinfectant.

 

haymay - January 18

We disinfected the whole house too, and my hands are cracked and bleeding from so much hand-washing! We buy the acidophalus caplets at Walmart, they sell them otc.

 

Kara H. - January 18

I found the Isomil DF (per haymay's suggestion) at Walgreens. They only sell it RTU so it was a little pricy. I just bought one container of it, then a couple cans on condensed soy formula. I also got the acidolpholis capsules. I was sure how much to use though. I noticed Max's soft spot was looking sunken again, so I mixed half a capsule in with some gaterade and I have been having him sip on that between his bottles. Hope some of these measures work. My has been babysitting, but she has had gastric bypa__s surgery and she WILL NOT watch him if he is still having runny stools. The risk of getting a fecal borne illness is just too high for her. I really need to get back to work! Friday was the last day I worked.

 

Kara H. - January 18

Isomil DF seems to be working!!! I have been mixing it half DF/half regular formula. Thanks for the suggestion Haymay!!!

 

rukidding? - January 18

bananas!

 

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