Test Results Are In Freakin Out Here

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lexa - January 16

Well, last week my lo went to the GI specialist for the reflux and she took many stool samples to be tested. Well, for some reason, the lab ran an extra test that she didn't mark. Low and behold, it was the only test to come back positive! Ready for this....my baby has c-diff!!! They are thinking she got this in the nursery after being born, since we've been battling diahrrea on and off, which the ped said was from the reflux initially, then the "protein allergy". WTF!!!! Real nice. I'm really at a loss for words here and feel like....I don't even know! Does anyone have any personal experience with this? She needs to get retested in a couple of weeks, but they rarely treat infants under a year. So they are hoping her body just gets rid of it. I feel like crying for my baby! If it's not one thing....it's another!

 

haymay - January 16

I had this myself a few years back from taking too strong of an antibiotic. Just a couple weeks ago our daycare broke out in diarea/vomiting, and all the families got it too including us...we ended up going to the emergency room and they tested us for c-diff and it came up negative, but if it was positive they were going to treat us all...our dd is 9 months. How old is your dd?

 

LisaB - January 16

I just googled it and couldn't find anything about it in infants I'll keep. Sorry you are going thru this. Does your lo just have to let it run its course? Poor sweetie!!

 

lexa - January 16

She is now 3.5 months. That is horrible! We have been having a lot of "poo" problems with her off and on until a couple of weeks ago. It was constant for almost a week (with a couple of vomiting days also). They thought she had a touch of the virus going around on top of the reflux acting up. How did you get rid of it?

 

haymay - January 16

They gave me an antibiotic to get rid of it when I had it a few years back, because from what I understand it can get pretty serious if left untreated. Not to scare you, maybe it is different in infants. Also, the new "strain" that's going around that is communicable that pa__ses through daycares etc. is not how I got it...I'm not sure but maybe this strain is not as harsh as what I had. Normally only people in nursing homes or hospitals get c-diff, from overuse of antibiotics, which is why I got it. But since society is using so many antibiotics it made a strain of itself that spreads through contact. If she's only 3.5 months I would think they would want to treat her somehow, that is still really young...I know with me I was pretty miserable, I couldn't eat anything without it going right through me and I felt really nauseous all the time. When we were sick a couple weekends ago when they thought we had c-diff, oddly enough our dd just threw up a few times and still to this day has diarea but she never really acted sick...us on the other hand, it hit us 10 times harder for some reason and we had to go to the emergency room. Maybe things like this don't hit babies as hard. Has she ran a temp at all?

 

haymay - January 16

Just a thought, you might ask your ped. about breaking some acidophalus caplets into your dd's bottles if you're formula feeding, this would help get the good bacteria into her intestines to help her fight off the infection, since she can't eat yogurt yet.

 

ash2 - January 16

Hey.. i work in a hospital and we have lots of patients with this...it is called " clostridium difficle" (sp) It is a germ tat gets in the intestinal track and makes you have diareah. It is VERY contagious , but you can only get it on contact. It might have gotten on your baby's umbilical cord somehow or somewhere. Please note that " c-diff" cannot be killed with any hand sanitizer ! You MUST was hands with soap and water. The germ does not get affected with sanitizer ! I hope they feel better. The antibiotic should help ! good luck !

 

lexa - January 16

Thank you ladies so much. As of right now, the specialist is letting it run its course since the diahrrea has subsided. She's not had a fever at all. Shes been miserable (much better now though) with apparent stomach cramping. Oh my goodness haymay...I just got back from GNC with that stuff. My boss is an extreme "herbalist" and she told me to do that. So I got that and we are going to try it. We need all the good bacteria we can get now. I have to go to the lab to get a container to collect a sample in and they are going to rerun the test in 2 weeks to see if it is still there. She said they will base everything on my daughter. If she starts to have the symptoms again, they need to treat it. But as of now....let it run its course and see how she is. LisaB, I couldnt find too much in infants on it either. Sucks. AshB, they did say that the hand sanitizers will not kill this nor does a lot of hospital cleaners. That is scary! We wash our hands constantly at our house too (maybe thats why no one else has it). I'm just praying she doesn't show any symptoms again and it goes away!!!!

 

haymay - January 16

I'm so glad she's getting better. When I had it, when the diarea started going away, I felt better within a few days. I hope this is her case also! I have other stomach/digestive issues, and acidophalus has always helped me. I'm giving my dd yobaby yogurt now to try and cure her diarea and I think it's working, it's starting to firm up. Good luck with everything, I hope it goes away for good!!

 

Rabbits07 - January 17

Hmmmm.....Clint was very sick back in early Oct., vomiting and bloody stools. It turned out that he had Camphylobacteriosis, but our Pedi did mention that they were testing for C-Diff and that if it was positive that they would have to hospitalize ds (who was 3 years old at the time) and he would be in isolation because it was HIGHLY contagious. Have they advised keeping her at home until she is better? Our pedi recommends the acidopholus anytime you have a virus or are taking antibiotics.

 

Lchan - January 17

Since your dr didn't mark this test, is it possible she got someone else's results by mistake?

 

vonzo - January 17

Rabbits: I had Camphylobacteriosis from an ill cooked chicken i had out whilst i was pregnant. I can't imagine how your poor lil fella coped with it. I was bad enough and i'm supposed to be a grown woman!

 

Rabbits07 - January 17

It was horrible! He started out with fever, vomiting and diarrhea for a couple of days....we thought it was just a run of the mill stomache virus. The fever broke and the vomiting ceased, but the diarrhea remained. We were doing the BRAT diet (to no avail of course) and his stools turned bloody on day 4. It actually took until day 7 to get a dx as all the ER ordered was a Rotavirus. Took him to his reg pedi the next day and they did a culture for the camph, c-diff, etc. that took 48 hours to get back. By the time they put him on antibiotics he was almost over it. It was a big relief in a way though because I was freaking and imagining every horrible thing possible as to why he had bloody stools....you know how we moms can get....so to find out he actually had something treatable was a relief...that was until I read about the Guillian Barre....LOL I was still paranoid for about a month before I finally felt at ease. It was rough on him...I can't imagine having to deal with that while pregnant though! You must have been worried about the baby on top of being ill yourself! He also got his (we believe) from undercooked chicken we ate out a couple of days prior.

 

vonzo - January 17

i was terrified about losing her because i couldn't keep anything down. I went to an out of hours clinic twice just to be told it was a 48hr bug and to go home. I got so fed up i poo'd in a tupperware dish (sorry TMI) and took it to them and demanded they test it immediately, they said they didn't have the facilities so they got a verbal ear bashing! I took it to my Dr's the next morning (it was over the weekend hence out of hours) he was great and when it came back that i had it he went and gave the other dr an ear bashing too :o)

 

vonzo - January 17

sorry to take over your thread lexa!!! I really am sorry about your lo and hope your baby gets better very soon!!!

 

lexa - January 20

Wow! That's okay ladies...take over:-) I have a little update. I called the specialist back because I was very upset after reading on the internet about this (I know...that was my mistake right there). She said she's sorry they ran the test since she clearly did not mark it. The reason they really don't test in infants under a year is because they usually do test positive for the toxins (dont know how true that is...she's the specialist). It's not uncommon. I have a requisition paper she sent me so that we can re-run the test again in another week and go from there. I am so glad to say that my little one is doing great though! No more diahrrea and the reflux is finally under control for the time being (KNOCK ON WOOD)! In regards to keeping her home, she doesn't go to daycare. When I go to work, my mother or my mil comes to sit with her until dh gets home. So she really isn't going anywhere. But she didn't say keep her in. She just asked if she goes to daycare. So hopefully the next test will be better. Thank you ladies, and I'm sure I'll update on this in another week:-)

 

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