My almost 21 month daughter has a nasty bout of diarrhea. I was hoping it would go away, but after 7 days I finally took her to the Dr. She examined her for a whole 3 minutes and said it was teething. No test or stool sample. She does have her four canines coming in all at once. That was 2 days ago, she still has diarrhea. I do not feel comfortable with the Dr's answer. Any help?
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Kim - posted on 02/11/2009
Hi again...just wanted to tell you that tea is fine to give her but make sure it has no caffeine in it or it will actually worsen the diarrhea because it is a stimulant. I'm a nurse and I used to work in a pediatricians office...you want to eliminate milk/dairy products and juice. Both will make the diarrhea worse.
Tudis - posted on 02/11/2009
usually diarrhea due to teething only lasts for a day or two. if it's longer than that it's better to seek for a 2nd opinion.
before she turned 2, my daughter also had diarrhea which lasted for several weeks, our doctor asked to have her stool checked & was able to confirm that it was because of bacteria, we were asked to give her antibiotics for a week. the doctor also mentioned that there are some cases of delayed allergic reaction to cow's milk. if she's already on formula you can try to have your daughter switch to ones that are lactose free. we tried giving our daughter soya milk but she didn't like it. you may also want to try giving your daughter some probiotics to strengthen her digestive system.
Clarissa - posted on 02/11/2009
Orange juice caused my daughter to have what our pediatrician called "toddler tummy". It was rather extreme! So you might look at her diet and see if anything has changed recently. Although I think once things go bad it can be a while before it goes back to normal even if the food that started it isn;'t ebing eaten anymore. We used to give our daughter organic sushi rice at her dinner to stop the runs. Although you don't want to go overboard to the other extreme!
Please note that I have zero medical training! :)
Christa - posted on 05/22/2012
I would get a 2nd opinion! My daughter has had diaherra for over a week now and then she vomitted out of no where while she was playing she acts completely normal and energetic! I took her to er and had xray done to check for blockage , and a urine sample everything came back fine I don't get it ! So I'm going for a 2nd opinion tomorrow! You should keep getting opinions until your satisfied !
Jacqlyn - posted on 02/17/2009
Seriously 7 days of diarrhea is actually dangerous! Is it "water" diarrhea or loose stool (some substance) Remember to let your doc know the actual consistency so they know you have a true incline as what you consider diarrhea.The more knowledge you go in with the better. Most docs would be taking some concern with a bout of 7 day diarrhea! Continue to give your baby lots of fluids.
Amanda - posted on 02/11/2009
My first daughter always had diarrhea when she was teething. It was always the kind that was toxic and burnt her poor little bum. It generally cleared up in the few days following the tooth cutting through. The only thing I could do was treat it like any other time and give her plenty of fluids etc. But I'm a firm believer in a Mother's instinct. If you don't feel right about it, get a second opinion and even a third one. Sometimes it takes time to find a good doctor for your kids that you can trust.
Jenna - posted on 02/11/2009
My son was the same way and we found out that most Juices and Wheat bread was the cause, He only gets white bread and water or milk (sometimes in the summer we will give him gatorade mixed with water). to regulate it we give him a nutritional bar as a snack during the day. We started at the BRAT diet and worked our way up introducing things to find out what was the culperate. Hope this helps!
Leia - posted on 02/11/2009
If you feel there is something wrong do not accept being turned away. I was turned away 3 times from the ER with my daughter when she had a fever that would not go away. Finally I said I would not leave until they looked into it more and it turned out she had a UTI and needed IV drugs!! Mothers always know when something isn't right!
User - posted on 02/11/2009
Elisa - Is he still eating and drinking well? You want to keep a close eye on how much fluid is going in. He could dehydrate quickly. Stay away from straight milk, apple juice and acidic juices. Stick with water, try popsicles. Pedialite is good if he'll drink it. If he is eating stick with a BRAT diet - bananas, apples, rice, toast. You may want to get a second opinion. Hope this helps. Michelle
Heather - posted on 02/11/2009
Hi Elise...I just happened to join Circle of Moms and say your e-mail. My son who is 24 months has been having the same problem. He started with the flu last Sunday and got the diarrhea this past Saturday. I took him to his dr. yesterday because I was worried. Ouyr dr. said it could be teeth or the bad flu bug that is going around. She said as long as he is drinking don't worry so much about the actually eating. If he were to run a fever then there is something more. She said it could last up to a week. So I haven't been pushing the eating because he doesn't want to. He has been drinking milk, juice, etc. She also said to try to see if he would drink tea (ice tea) that is suppose to help stop the diarrhea. Good Luck!
Jodi - posted on 02/11/2009
Also try yogurt. Is your child drinking a lot of apple juice or eating a lot of applesauce? My son was on a apple kick and that is all he would eat. After sitting down and trying to figure out was it because of milk or what.... I decided to take him away from apples and he stopped having an upset stomach.
Priscilla - posted on 02/11/2009
My son just had diarrhea for about a week and a half. I have herd that kids get it when they're teething, but as far as the doctor not giving her anything is typical. I have Kaiser and they won't ever give him anything, so I called the best person with advice, my mother. She came over and boiled brown rice, about a cup, into a pot or saute' pan filled with water. Add a small stick of Cinnamon..mabye less than that..half a stick because cinnamon can be strong too, and boil. you'll notice the rice cook and as the water dries add more water since your child will be drinking only the brown rice water. The rice should look fully cooked and kinda mushy, and you can add brown sugar to make it a little sweet. Strain it and give your daughter this warm or cold. I got the stomach flu and this helped me and my family as well. Give her this, then try crackers. Pedialite is good for afterwards. Tgis won't help cut off the diatthea. Try this, and if it worked for us, I sure hope it works for you. I know how you feel. I went through this when my son was a bebe and 3 weeks ago. Good luck.
Kerri - posted on 02/11/2009
It very well could be true and if she will not drink pedialite then give her powerade(not gatorade) sport drink it has the electrlites that she is losing and alot of kids don't like the taste of pedialite or you could try the pedialite frezzies.
Eileen - posted on 02/11/2009
My children do go though bouts of diarrhea with teething..
but then agian, it could be any number of things... watch her weight, keep her hydrated, and stick with the brat diet.. banana, rice, apple sauce and toast.
a friend told me, and i've used this several times with great result, tkae about ten cloves (whole is best, use ground if its all you have) and simmer it in some water for about ten to 15 minutes, the water will turn a tea like brown color, add a bit (very little!) of brown sugar to sweeten it, let it cool and give to her to drink , about a cup or so (8-10 oz is good)
this is an old recipe for curing diarrhea, and like i said, i've used it many times with my litlle ones. just a couple times a day.. usually works after the first dose! of course, depending on the cause...
If you just don't feel right about the doc's diagnosis (or lack there of..) go to another, preferably a paediatrician. make sure to have her weighed, and compare with recent weights, also , journal what shes taking in and how often and if you can, about how much is coming out.. this shows the doc that you are serious about monitoring the child's health, and aren't just another mom freeking out at nothing ( which is how they tend to treat parents!)
Patti - posted on 02/11/2009
My daughter had that problem at about that age (now she's 7), took her to the doctor and they said that maybe I was giving her too much milk (because that can cause it) and try giving her yogurt because of the bacteria in the yogurt helps. It did help and ever since then I give my kids yogurt when they get diarrhea. But maybe you should see another doctor too.
Cheyenne - posted on 02/11/2009
I had the same thing happen with my daughter and my pediatrition told me that there was nothing to worry about as long as she was drinking lots and to give her powerade. He told me that it could last up to two weeks and it did. As long as she has no other symptoms I wouldn't worry to much.
she is a very picky eater to begin with & underweight, so it is hard to say whether her eating habits have changed because she really doesn't like to eat. it is, however, the only current symptom. no fever, no vomiting, or crankiness. she did have peanut butter the day before it began.
Terry - posted on 02/11/2009
A lot of babies get diarrhea when they are teething. They can also have runny noses and fever. I would just watch it and make sure her is eating and drinking like she should be. Every child is different, mine all teethed in their own way. If you still have questions and concerns....call your oncall nurse with your insurance company, they can be really helpfull!! Good luck!
RAFFAELLA - posted on 02/11/2009
Well, it might be teething. Beyond the diarrhea, is she eating/drinking okay? Is she lethargic at all? And, not to be gross, but by diarrhea do you mean loose stools or pure water stuff? I think as long as it's just loose stool and she's behaving normally (not lethargic, playing like normal) the doctor might be right. I'm assuming that the doctor means that the diarrhea is being caused by an increase in drool/mucus.
Kira - posted on 02/11/2009
Try some pedialyte especially if she has had diarrhea for that long it will help keep her hydrated.
if she continues to have diarrhea i would definitely take he back or to another physician dehydration
can be very serious for young children
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