Please can you help with my Huge issue?

Kiera - posted on 03/10/2012 ( 6 moms have responded )




My daughter is a toddler, and also has severe diarrhea. Her older sister has it too, but worse(please check her profile). She cannot control her bowels, and runs around, while watery, brown poop comes out. If we dont get there in time she will start to touch her 'behind'. We have been in public situations where this has happened and we need help. We cannot avoid taking her outside, and this has happened all over the car. She does this in bed, and any diapers we try cannot hold it in, as it normally comes out in sudden gushes lasting 10-20secs. This occurs once or twice a day. Also she thinks it is funny to start touching her 'smelly poo poo bum bum' - as she calls it- and then putting her fingers in her mouth. If we are not there in time, she will start to crawl around on our carpet, while pooping some more brown mush. It has happened a few times that putting her hand sin her mouth has made her vomit. We have been to LOTS of specialists in diarrhea, and similar things, and she too young for major treatment, so i have came her. Can you please write any answers or similar occuraces in full detail? thanks


Katherine - posted on 03/14/2012




Brainerd diarrhea is a sudden-onset watery, explosive diarrhea that lasts for months and does not respond to antibiotics; the cause of Brainerd diarrhea is unknown. Brainerd diarrhea was first described in Brainerd, Minnesota in 1983.[1] It has been associated with the consumption of raw milk[1] and untreated water.[2][3] Of the ten outbreaks reported since 1983, nine have been in the U.S. The characteristics of each outbreak have been similar to that caused by an infectious agent. Although a comparatively large outbreak (117 patients) occurred in 1996 in Fannin County, Texas.,[4] the largest outbreak (122 patients) was the original one in Brainerd, MN. There have been no secondary cases reported in any of the outbreaks, suggesting that the causative agent cannot be passed from person to person, but boiling water appears to inactivate the Brainerd agent. Although there is no treatment available, the disease does appear to resolve itself, although this process takes months if not years.[5][6]

And also:

Rotavirus is the most common cause of severe diarrhoea among infants and young children,[1] and is one of several viruses that cause infections often called stomach flu, despite having no relation to influenza. It is a genus of double-stranded RNA virus in the family Reoviridae. By the age of five, nearly every child in the world has been infected with rotavirus at least once.[2] However, with each infection, immunity develops, and subsequent infections are less severe; adults are rarely affected.[3] There are five species of this virus, referred to as A, B, C, D, and E.[4] Rotavirus A, the most common, causes more than 90% of infections in humans.

The virus is transmitted by the faecal-oral route. It infects and damages the cells that line the small intestine and causes gastroenteritis. Although rotavirus was discovered in 1973[5] and accounts for up to 50% of hospitalisations for severe diarrhoea in infants and children,[6] its importance is still not widely known within the public health community, particularly in developing countries.[7] In addition to its impact on human health, rotavirus also infects animals, and is a pathogen of livestock.[8]

Rotavirus is usually an easily managed disease of childhood, but worldwide nearly 500,000 children under five years of age still die from rotavirus infection each year[9] and almost two million more become severely ill.[7] In the United States, before initiation of the rotavirus vaccination programme, rotavirus caused about 2.7 million cases of severe gastroenteritis in children, almost 60,000 hospitalisations, and around 37 deaths each year.[10] Public health campaigns to combat rotavirus focus on providing oral rehydration therapy for infected children and vaccination to prevent the disease.[11]


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Valerie - posted on 04/02/2012




Noodles and crackers are supposed to be great for thickening up watery stool. My daughter would take her poopy diapers off when she was 2 and then paint the wall with her poop not the same but I feel your pain ;)

Brandy - posted on 03/13/2012




I can't explain the son has the opposite problem. But maybe try to put a onsie over the diaper and leggings and pants, may not stop it but could slow her down!

**Jackie** - posted on 03/13/2012




Oh wow. First let me say that I am praying for your sanity and for your daughter to feel better and have regular BMs! :)

Definitely go to a doctor. IF the doctor doesn't recommend anything or at least anything new then get a second opinion, or a third opinion. I would be all over the town looking for answers.

Start writing down what she eats and what time of the day she is having these BMs. Does she ever have regular poops?

As for diapers, try Huggies night time diapers. They may help a little bit....or try putting a scent free maxi pad in the night time diaper. It may help soak it up just long enough for you to grab her.

The treatments for diarrhea are normally medicinal and yeah she would be too young. Try to just get to the route of it. Maybe some kind of food allergy or sugar or something is the culprit. Good luck!

Katherine - posted on 03/12/2012




That's a SERIOUS problem. I don't know what to tell you short of saying go to the doctor and demand they do something. If they don't go to another doctor and keep switching doctors until you get an answer!

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