Saturday, December 12, 2009

Much Ado About Poo

I have been trying to write this post for a few days but have had trouble getting the words out without getting upset. We have had a week of tummy troubles here. I have spent quite a few midnight and four am feedings in tears listening to Jude strain while going to the bathroom. I don't know what is up with Jude's belly but something is not right with him. I'm his mommy and I know when something is amiss. I am very frustrated at this point and just want my lil man to feel better.

Ar first I thought he had a virus but after a week and no improvement I am starting to think it might be a food allergy. Jude is still exclusively breastfed so the most obvious offender is dairy in my diet- so I am going to go dairy free AGAIN! This is no small task because there are hidden sources of dairy in everything. If he is very sensitive even those little things can bother him.

The pediatrician's office really hasn't been much help to me. If we still have no improvement I will be calling back on Monday.

and now the gross part...

We have been dealing with all the colors of the rainbow over here. Bright green, dark green, mucousy, gassy, brown, watery, curdy (big and small), and one I like to think of as apricot jelly. No blood- We have had everything except blood. We have a lot of straining red faces mixed with lost of smiles that have helped me be strong.

So I am going to eliminate dairy and hope for the best. I want to cry a little because I planned on making and eating A LOT of holiday cookies. Now it looks like that won't be happening.

As usual- Twitter has been my sounding board this week. I think I getter more info from just a couple tweets than from a 15 minutes conversation with the peds nurse.


Teena in Toronto said...

I hope everyone is feeling better.

Happy blogoversary!

Christy said...

The pediatrician will most likely end up referring you to a GI doctor, who will most likely tell you to eliminate things from your diet, so you are on the right track.

I had to eliminate dairy, eggs, soy, peanuts, and citrus fruits. And Izzy still had tummy troubles. It is really hard to figure out what they are sensitive to. Good luck!

Funky Food Trisha said...

Have you tried taking Probiotics as well as giving up dairy? This might make a huge difference in getting his little GI tract functioning better. You can take the adult version but there is also an Infant version by Jarrow that you can put a little on your nipples while breastfeeding. Good luck!

Marcy said...

I remember well how frustrating this can be. =( Luckily D wasn't that sensitive, so when I gave us dairy I got away with staying away from the obvious sources (milk, cheese, etc) but could eat things with casein and whey. Hopefully you are, too.

And, hopefully, you figure out what the cause is and are able to get all of you to feel better...

FWIW I don't think the color matters much-- normal BF baby poop ranges from bright yellow to deep green, and it's all considered "normal" (apparently)