Mucus in Diarrhea---whats going on

Heather - posted on 02/10/2011 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Ok, my son has had diarrhea issues, constipation issues, and pretty much chronic diaper rash since he started visitation with his "father" when he was 4 months old. Connor is now 22 months old. He has been breastfed up untill November of this past year. My goal was 2 years but courts didnt feel that was really important so Connor ended up having to be weaned due to my milk supply decreasing when he would go to visitation. (his father wouldnt feed him breastmilk either) but ANYWAYS my son goes wed night from 5-8pm and fri at 7:30pm till sat at 7:30pm. EVERY Sunday my son has at LEAST 3 diarrhea diapers and will normally (but not always) have diarrhea wed night after he comes home, or thursday morning. Some of them usually have mucus in them and they smell horrible. During the rest of the week, his stool is formed and of normal toddler stench. My son went last night from 5-8pm. This morning he had 5 diarrhea diapers!!!! Acting fine otherwise. There was mucus in at least 2 of them and it smelled so bad it was making ME sick (im a nurse aid--i deal with poop all the time!!) I know this could possibly be a bacteria or virus or something but Connors dr also told me that mucus in the diarrhea could also be a sign of food allergy. My son is unable to take cows milk--gives him diarrhea. He has been tested twice and is not allergic to it. His father has been told multiple times to not give connor milk at all but I know he has in the past because he decided he can feed connor whatever he wants even if I tell him connor cant have something. We even have a dr order that my son cannot have milk at all because his father kept insisiting he was going to give it to him because he wanted me to stop breastfeeding. connor is allergic to peanuts but only slightly. He developed a full body rash in nov 2009 (after i stopped breastfeeding) and continued to have that till he was put on large doses of antibiotics in December. His father has never been willing to work with me and lies to me about what he feeds him so I cant even colaborate with him to find out whats going on with Connors bi-weekly diarrhea and diaper rashes. Im so sick of it!!! My mom wants me to call child services and get something done about this. I have tried SEVERAL times to talk to his father about things that can cause diarrhea and diaper rash and he keeps telling me its not his fault and just calls me names. But its amazing how 1/2 hour after he gets home saturday night, connor is having diarrhea. His butt is so red right now and I know by the time I get his rash to go away...he is back to his fathers and the whole cycle starts again!!! So...enough complaining....does ANYONE know why he would have so much mucus in his diarrhea??? Could it be a virus or is it more likely a food allergy of some sort. I just want this child to stop suffering and stop having diarrhea and diaper rash all the time. I need some answers!!

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Laura - posted on 02/10/2011

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I think your doctor is right--mucusy stool is often a sign of a food allergy. Since you are working with your doctor on the diarrhea/mucus issue and your ex doesn't appear to be helping, I suggest you start keeping a journal (documentation) of episodes. Include the date, time and a description of the problem. When your son is with you, record EVERYTHING! Keep in touch with your doctor, documenting any calls and appointments. Ask your doctor for a written statement or summary of his diagnosis about your son's condition. Since your ex doesn't seem to want to work with you on caring for your son, your mom's suggestion actually makes sense: Contact social services and report your ex. You will need this documentation if you plan on challenging your ex about his lack of care. Your ex, if he isn't following the doctor's orders, could be considered negligent with your son. You will need as much "proof" as you can muster to make a good case in court though. Consider contacting a lawyer to help with this as well. Hope this helps and good luck!

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Kiera - posted on 02/26/2012

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My daughter has a terrible case of explosive diarrhea. She has uncontrolable bowels, so she dosent know if she needs the loo. SHe will go to the toilet anywhere, and it quite often is all over everthing. She does this at school, and is bullied.

Her diarrhea is watery, brown and when she does it she does a lot of it. THis si up to ten times a day - imagnine the hassle i have.

We have been to every doctor possible, but when they try to examine her behind, she just does darrhea, on the doctor!

It is hell! Please (in detail) What should i do?



p.s. Me and my partner both had similar things.

Heather - posted on 02/12/2011

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Well...connor threw up Friday morning as well but no more diarrhea. DR def thinks its just a virus this time....other kids at his babysitters got started throwing up on Friday and today so its just a virus. Makes me feel better that his "father" isnt the cause of it..this time. Still doesnt excuse the fact that this happens every week after visiation--cant be a virus every time. His "father" started bitching as soon as I dropped Connor off about the reason he gets sick is because I take him to daycare! Excuse me?!?! He is in daycare because Im full time in nursing school and there is no one else to watch him. His "father" works 40+ hours a week so you tell me who would be watching him if he had custody and not me?!?! Probably daycare!!! Im so tired of being treated like crap!!! Im still documenting everything though and recording all conversations. The truth ALWAYS comes out in the end. By the way, connors butt was much better friday...I kept it slathered w extra strenght desitin and that worked great.

Mabel - posted on 02/10/2011

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When Devins got to the point of blisters I called the DR and told him nothing was working on his butte and he wrote a prescription for Vusion.It is a cream that is really good.Plus I bought some Monkey Butte Powder (yes that is the name)at walmart try those.

Mabel - posted on 02/10/2011

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See I am dealing with the juice and fruit (Acid) diarrhea and rash because my MIL thinks she knows everything about babies too.Hope you get this taken care of fast because that poor baby is suffering.I know from personal experience.

Heather - posted on 02/10/2011

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I do have a lawyer....we ahve been in and out of court since the day my son was born. Its been one big custody battle. (I have full custody--he has visitation). I have so many post-visitation pics of diarrhea, diaper rash, and constipation it isnt even funny. His butt looks like a big bulls eye. Red around anus, white 1 inch ring around that and then red for like 3 inches out from that!! I have been checking his butt every 10 min and changing him as soon as I see anything and its still this bad!. He screams if I try to wipe him. He got a bath and is LOADED with desitin. I have never seen a rash this bad. :( If this really was his fathers doing, and not a virus/bacteria....then I hope he pays for this someday....and soon...very soon. This is child abuse and I wish someone would start listening to me!!! (except u guys--u guys are great listeners and I can always turn here when I cant turn anywhere else) If its not a virus/bacteria... im gonna call children services....maybe they will look at the facts since the court is too busy to do anything but talk about tax returns and visitation schedules. :( Ill try to keep everyone posted on whats going on. thanks.... :(

Dora - posted on 02/10/2011

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Laura's suggestion is right on target. It is not fair to your son that he has to keep suffering because of his father. You may indeed need to take legal action against him in order to protect your son. I hope everything works out for you.

Heather - posted on 02/10/2011

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25 x a day????!!! WOW!! Connor just had his seventh one today. The last two have went through his pants pretty bad. I had a nurse tell me a little while ago about it possibly being a protein in the milk instead of the milk itsself. He is fine with things like cheese and yogurt. I finally got a call back from the doctor. they think its just a food allergy (like normal) and asked about me having an appt to childrens hospital (which im waiting on the referal). She then said that to be safe, she wanted a stool sample. I made an apt for tomorrow and I am taking in the diapers of today. They said if they cant use them they will give me a specimen cup to get a sample later. Yeah I know about c-diff. In fact, a patient I took care of today had c-diff. Its smells different and is a much lighter color. Thanks for your help

Jennifer - posted on 02/10/2011

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With my daughter, when she was on regular milk based formula, she would have mucusy diarrhea (up to 25x a day). Her doc said it was the milk proteins that was giving her the problems, so that could be your son's problem. Also, you said you were a nurse's aide (I was for 7 years) so, you know what C Diff looks and smells like. I think your best bet is to get a stool sample the next time your son has this, and call the doc.

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