8 week old with diarreah for 7 days

Tamika - posted on 02/19/2012 ( 33 moms have responded )

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My 8 week old son has had diarreah for 7 days now. I could handle that if he didn't have such a bad diaper rash. We have been to the Dr twice each time they have changed his milk first soy now nutramigen. He will not drink but a little of the nutramigen now, I'm afraid he is not getting enough nurishment. The diaper changes are so stressful do to his screams I'm about ready to take him to childrens hospital. The Dr said 7 to 10 days but, I don't know if he can take another 3 days of this. Any advice.

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Kate CP - posted on 02/21/2012

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This baby is EIGHT WEEKS OLD. He is ***NOT*** old enough for any kind of solid foods! And since he's having intestinal issues you REALLY shouldn't be giving him solid foods!

Ginni - posted on 02/20/2012

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make sure you know the warning signs of dehydration - dry mouth, no urine output for 12 hours. If his happens, take him to the ER immediately. Yes, hydration is priority right now. Similac Alimentum did wonders for us due to MSPI - milk/soy/protein intolerance. Also, I would start looking for a new pediatrician. Trust your gut as a mother, and when in doubt, take him to the hospital. Better to be safe than sorry. Good luck!

Amy - posted on 02/20/2012

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Poor baby and mommy! The BEST diaper rash cure I have found is a little baking soda in the bath water. You will be amazed! And I agree with other moms...try keeping the diaper off dor as much time as you can to expose it to air. Messy but probably worth it in the long run.



Has your doc recommended a break from formula and just trying pedialite for a day or two? I think hydration is priority rather than nutrition in this situation. Its probably just going right through him anyway. If all else fails I would be at the Children's Hospital too! Good luck!

Alexandra - posted on 02/20/2012

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yes, i also think 7 days is too long. He may be getting really dehidrated, I would take him to the hospital right away.

When our children have diahrrea, the doctors recommend pedialyte, and culturel in their formula.

Anita - posted on 02/20/2012

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My doctor always said "if mum is worried i am worried" i would get a second opinion, 7 days is long enough for anyone, if it were me i would take him to the children's hospital now.

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Jessica - posted on 02/22/2012

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Definately go to the ER! For diaper rash Flanders Butt Ointment works great!

Natalie - posted on 02/21/2012

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Kate CP forgot about the botulism in honey! My friend's son is allergic to honey, strawberries,and, milk so I always think allergy first.

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Did they try to test for any other possible reasons for the diarrhea other than formula or milk allergies/sensitivities? When my daughter was a baby she had diarrhea for 5 weeks, they tested her for everything and it finally came back as salmonella poisoning of all the weird things. She was probably around 8 or 9 months old though and may have been exposed to something in a grocery cart or children's fountain she played in, or some other source. I realize your little guy is a lot younger, but you never know. If you're worried about nutrition maybe try adding a little baby rice cereal to his formula, that should fill him up a little more and maybe help him hold down his food better. Also, all my kids have super sensitive skin. We've used several different baby ointments...my favorites are Desitine, and Dr. Smith's. For one of my children we had to change the brand of diapers and wet wipes we were using. You might want to stop using wipes all together and use just a damp cloth for a little while. Also, I actually used aloe vera directly from a plant one time on my child's diaper rash, and it seemed to help.

Jennifer - posted on 02/21/2012

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Oh and i use only A&E ointment liberally on my daughter and no diaper rash, change every hour if you have to until it heal and let his bottom get some air, half hour or so with out diaper but only after the diarrhea has gone.You can also invest in some nice cloth diapers with a liner as well.

Jennifer - posted on 02/21/2012

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take him to the children hospital, it can hurt, I would stop giving him all formula and try breast milk if possible,if not boil some barley and give him , no sugars at all some thing he is using is making him sick, sterilize all his stuff for each feeding not putting any thing in them beside hot water, dont let his mouth come in contact with your clothing or hands, or any one else for that matter, even his wash cloths i would heat up to kill any germs.when cleaning him use cotton balls damp so that it does not hurt his already tender bottom.

Kate CP - posted on 02/21/2012

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Honey doesn't cause an allergic reaction in most people. The reason why you're not supposed to give honey to a child under one is because of the risk of botulism in the honey.



Tamika, I would suggest two things:



1. Find another pediatrician who will not constantly switch formula on you. That's NOT helping the situation. Was your baby vaccinated for rotavirus? It's very common in young infants and causes, you guessed it, diarrhea.



2. Go to the hospital. Seven days of continuous diarrhea will cause dehydration and can be VERY damaging to your son's tiny system. He may need IV fluids at this point if he's severely dehydrated.



I hope he gets to feeling better soon!



PS: Really, we're gonna go off on a woman who has an 8 week old for not breast feeding? I believe that ship has sailed, ladies. Constantly changing formula or switching to breast milk can make intestinal upset a hell of a lot worse.

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Natalie - posted on 02/21/2012

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And Honey can cause a serious allergic reaction!!! Never give a child under 1 honey, peanut butter, strawberries, etc. I have a friend whose son went into anaphalytic shock after "grammy" gave him honey at 2 months old.

Natalie - posted on 02/21/2012

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Tamika,

Listen to your instincts. Take the baby to the hospital. You may have a bad pediatrician. They do not know everything. I have 3 kids and I have learned the hard way that pediatricians can be very WRONG. Boudreau's Butt Paste from Walgreen's is great 8.99 and cures diaper rash quickly, He may have rotavirus, flu, etc. Did the doctor even check for these illnesses? Take him to another doctor and to the hospital this could be a sign of a gastro/digestion issue. I would be very concerned that he is not drinking anything. Again a sign of an allergy or illness such as the flu or rotavirus especially if he has germy older siblings bringing home all of the stuff from school then touching him. It may sound mean but make everyone who touches your baby use hand sanitizer first.



To the breast feeding preachers: I breastfed 2 of my 3 kids and guess what?. Those 2 were the sickest for the first year! Breast milk has TOXINS from our bodies unless you have never worn makeup, eaten any food from any store, used any chemical ,gotten a perm or dyed your hair, worked near a chemical, drank water, swam in the ocean, or breathed air you have been exposed to chemicals prior to ever having a child. Not every mom breastfeeds. That is not why this baby is sick. He has a virus and her pediatrician is probably an old fashioned jerk who is dismissing a serious issue. Nutramigen is a great formula and excessive loose stools are not a symptom of formula allergy. I hope the posting mom wasn't driven away by your ridicule and cruelty.

Sandra - posted on 02/21/2012

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On a different note, definitely let the baby lay on a dry towel naked for as much as possible. leave the diapers off unless you need to go somewhere... keeping him dry and any fluids away from his skin will definitely help!! When you do have to keep a diaper on, my sons diaper rash always cleared up quickly with Desitin, maximum strength in the purple tube. Pedialyte for sure will help keep him hydrated and usually my dr recommends 24 hours of straight pedialyte, then 1/4 formula to 3/4 pedialyte for 12 hours and then up it by a 1/4 every 12 hours till your back to full strength formula. Ask your dr though because he needs to be on the same page so you dont do something that would interfere with his next suggestions. Some mama's have to change the babies formula a few times before they find one that fits their babies tummies, just have patience and trust your instinct... if something doesnt feel right, better safe than sorry head to the ER.

Debbie - posted on 02/20/2012

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I agree with Ginni Scott and Amy Johnson .



And my daughter had bad diaper rash, we would use a cool hair dryer to dry her bum before we put the diaper on. And we were told of a diaper rash formula to make, but I heard the Burts Bees and Butt paste work great too.



http://www.drugstore.com/products/prod.a...

Jenni - posted on 02/20/2012

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to put your mind at rest go to hospital they can only tell you what the doctor so where is the harm in that! Do you use a cream on his bottom? Try wiping with a warm soft cloth, sudocream was best for my child, or there is paw paw cream also, try and get a thick coating on his bottom to protect it. You must be so stressed and believe me you are doing the best for your child so don't doubt that.

Make sure you wash your hands before and after nappy changes - just a reminder! Try another doctor if you don't have faith in this one, a doctor that you can trust is vital. Now I'm not sure on age here, my child I think was older, our doctor recommended a sport drink because it has electrolites in it to help with dehydration and didn't care if our child didn't eat/drink! Is the diarreah caused by formula or a bug? That should be main question answered because if your doctor is changing formula you would think its a reaction. My child was allergic to every formula on the market (thou there is one sold in health shops thou need doc script) once she was eating solids and started cows milk (thats how we found out) we stopped it together (10mths) and so did all the puking!! Goodluck and please let us know what happened to him. YOU ARE DOING YOUR BEST AND WE SUPPORT YOU!!

Dawn - posted on 02/20/2012

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Just checking.... but are you using a wipe warmer, the rash is difficult but he might also have an aversion to "cold" wipes, It made a HUGE difference in diaper changes with my younger 2.... wish they had been around when I had my oldest we had to hold the wipes in our hands until they were warm. this won't help with the rash but it might make changing time a little less stressful. A&D ointment!!

Pamela - posted on 02/20/2012

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Obviously you are not breastfeeding. Why not? This child's sensitivity to the formulas you have chosen...or the doctor has chosen for you is obvious by his physical reactions.



I suppose 8 weeks is too late to stimulate your own breast milk....but maybe not. Look into that. Obviously the Creator knew what he was doing when he created us as women by giving us the ability to feed our newborns from our own breasts.



What are you using for the diaper rash? Try smoothing olive oil on the baby's bottom and all of the area covered by the diaper. You are probably using plastic diapers as well. Have you considered cloth diapers and diaper liners. They are a lot gentler to babies' skin.



How much water do you give the baby each day? Try helping to flush his system with water to which you add a small amount of honey or organic maple syrup. This may help to release the formulas that his body seemingly does not want.



Most children born today are extremely sensitive and aware souls.If you don't choose to try to stimulate your own breasts with a breast pump, try contacting organizations that supply breast milk. They do exist.



I pray for the baby's sake that relief comes soon.

HANNAH - posted on 02/20/2012

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THE CHILDRENS HOSPITAL WILL MOST LIKLEY JUST DO THE SAME THING AS UR PEDIATRICIAN . MAYBE INSTEAD OF USING WIPES YOU COULD USE A HOT RAG OR WASHCLOTH . MOST WIPES CONTAIN ALCOHOL SO IT BURNS WHEN U WIPE UR BABIES BOTTOM. ALSO TRY TO LET HIM AIR DRY BEFORE YOU PUT HIS DIAPER ON GOOD LUCK I HOPE THE LIL ONE STARTS FEELING BETTER.

Lilas - posted on 02/20/2012

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hi there,for the diarreah : boil a handfull of white rice until well cooked ,take the water and add it to his powder milk,,the starch of the rice will calm hin stomach..for the rash i used burn cream on my son skin and worked so well..good luck..let us know of any change..:)

Mandy - posted on 02/20/2012

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He could benefit from a probiotic called florastor to help

With his diarrhea it can be mixed in theformula

It helped my son

Kim - posted on 02/20/2012

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I would stop using wipes & switch to warm, wet washcloths for now. I would, also, call the dr & ask for prescription diaper rash ointment. My youngest had a really bad diaper rash when she was little like that & the prescription ointment cleared it up right away. Good luck!

Katy - posted on 02/20/2012

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When my littlest was getting bad diaper rash from breast milk poop, my doctor said to use a warm west washcloth instead of wipes and the desitin in the purple tube. It worked wonders.

Amanda - posted on 02/20/2012

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Vaseline is your best friend right now. Let him air out anytime you can, but when hes froced to have a diaper on slap a ton of vaseline on his butt. This will make a layer between his skin and the poor poop/pee helps with burning.

Stifler's - posted on 02/20/2012

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When my 11 month old had diarrhoea (before that he never had it in his life) the doctor said to add inner health plus to his bottles (probiotics). When renae had diarrhoea as a 5 week old the doctor said to water her bottles down a bit. But I would talk to your doctor about that one.

Linda - posted on 02/20/2012

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When my kids were little I only used 1/2 a capsule of the acidophilus and saved the other 1/2 for later in the day. Only on capsule per day.

Linda - posted on 02/20/2012

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I always use acidophilus to help with my kids diarhea. It is a dietary supplement that you can find in any pharmacy area. I get the capsules and break them into their drink. My pediatrician told me that it was ok for me to give the kids at all ages and all it is doing is replacing the good bacteria in the stomach and helping regulate them. It may take a day or so for it to start working, but it does work. Good luck!!

~♥Little Miss - posted on 02/19/2012

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I like the idea of a pee pad, but he is ONLY 8 weeks and needs nutrition...not water to fill him up. There are many different formulas out there to try. One of them will work for you. My mother use to use goats milk on us you may want to ask your doctor about that. She fed us that instead of formula.

Michelle - posted on 02/19/2012

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get yourself a pee pad to place under him and let him go naked for awhile yes you will be cleaning up mess and doing lots of laundry but it will help him with the diaper rash, have lots of little wash cloths ready and wipe him down with warm water not the alcohol baby wipes. As for eating don't worry so much about the formula get him to take as much as you can but try some warm water maybe he will like that and will at least stay hydrated. hope this helps and he feels better soon

~♥Little Miss - posted on 02/19/2012

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Here is what Burts Bees looks like, also getting him into the bath and giving him a nice soak may help. Really make sure his bottom is very dry before putting any ointment on, and putting on a diaper. I really do swear by this stuff!



http://www.burtsbees.com/natural-product...

~♥Little Miss - posted on 02/19/2012

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Oh man poor little guy! Could he have a virus or is it directly from the formula?



As far as the diaper rash goes, expose it to air as much as you can (I know hard when they have diarrhea) and maybe just use some really soft paper towels (test on your own cheek) and water. Has the doctor prescribed you diaper rash ointment? If not, Burts bees is wonderful! It has a strong smell, but really works and helps sooth very quickly. it is not cheap, but worth every penny.

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