Monday, August 29, 2005

Bloody fool

Something is wrong with the boy. For a few weeks now he's had his nighttime fussiness just like many newborns. But now it's the regular fussiness mixed with bouts of painful crying and pushing. More specifically the painful sounds are during the night. I'm woken up by them or they start just after our nighttime nursing sessions. I'm telling you, he's got some kind of pooping issue. Imagine you were pooping and pushing but greatly overexaggerating the pushing part making your face turn read and loud grunts with an occasional tearful cry as if to say "It hurts Mommy, I can't get it out. Please help me!" That's what we're dealing with. Why is it worse in the middle of the night? He's not constipated because he still poops regularly and it's not dark or hard. Still looks the same.

Then there was the slightly bloody stool. My initial reaction was to call 911 and after I calmed down for a second I ran to my baby poop resource which I've stumbled upon from and her bloody stool info. And here is what I read:
Red streaked stools
This usually comes from bleeding in the lower intestine or rectum. Most often it is caused by rectal fissures which are tiny "cuts" around the circumference of the anus. This can be a reaction to dairy in mom's diet. Elimination of all dairy is the first line of defense in this situation. I have seen countless babies who had blood in their poop which resolved when mom stopped all dairy products and returned with even a small amount of milk or cheese. Other dietary changes may be needed for breastfeeding moms. Formula fed babies lose blood from the lower intestine when they drink cow milk formula and some have the same losses on soy formula. Occasionally, this "micro-hemorrhaging" can become visible as blood streaking on the surface of the stool.

It was just in one diaper so I'm no longer totally freaked out. But now I'm convinced I need to illiminate all dairy from my diet. EVERY breastfeeding thing I've read said that generally mom's don't need to change their diet. But I think something is going on and it may warrant an attempt from me to live with out dairy. But you know what? I can't live without dairy! It's in EVERYTHING. Even things I wouldn't think had dairy in them have dairy. I'm going to starve to death. I looked at this list of dairy to eliminate along with the things that may contain hidden dairy. This is my diet and I have no idea what to replace it with especially since it says that many times a baby with dairy allergies also have problems with soy. It would be easy for me to switch to soy but if I shouldn't have that then what?

Breakfast I always had cereal (dairy) but since it became harder to eat with J around I switched to a breakfast bar (dairy) or Carnation Instant breakfast (dairy). I can't even eat the pancakes I make because they have butter and buttermilk (dairy) or eggs because of the butter (dairy). Bryan and I were trying to go out to eat and I couldn't think of anything I could eat. Thai has dairy in the creamy sauces, anything Mexican I'd eat would have to have cheese and/or sour cream (dairy) , if we ate my favorite diner food that would be a grilled cheese (dairy) and pizza (dairy) is totally not an option. My favorite dessert, ice cream (dairy) , is out of the question. I can't even get a coffee because chances are they wouldn't have non-dairy creamer, which by the way has milk derivatives which is a no-no on the list. What the hell! And chocolate (dairy)! No chocolate! I'll be down to my pre-pregnancy weight in no time because THERE IS NOTHING LEFT FOR ME TO EAT. I'm sure I can find substitutes but I'm sorry that fake Rice Dream "ice cream" just isn't talking to me like Ben & Jerry's NY Super Fudge Chunk (dairy) . It would be easier if it were just a lactose intolerance thing instead of a full on dairy thing. Which it could be but I have to try all this to find out.

And it seems like the only way to determine if it is dairy causing the problem is to eliminate it for 2-3 weeks. What happened to trying it for a couple days, I may not make it for 3 weeks! But I'd do anything when I see him in pain like that. Do I really need to be this extreme with the diet though? Who knows it may not be anything even like this. But it's something and I don't know what else to do. I can't hear him like that and not do anything. So finally I lubed up a thermometer and stuck it up his cute little ass. About 10 seconds later the contents of his colon came pouring out. This is a quick fix but how many times can will he tolerate this?


Blogger Kira said...

I'd definitely call your pediatrician on this one before you illiminate dairy. i'ts a pain. trust me, i know!!!
and after that, if you want some recipes for some very good dairy-free muffins, just give an email. :) I'm like, the queen of dairy free baking.

10:05 AM  
Blogger fuzzypeach said...

Giving up dairy sucked. I daydream of the pizza and ice cream and cheese dip I will gorge myself on once Pearl is weaned.

But it's worth, not to have her in such pain. She never had the poop problem but definitely had others because of the dairy. It makes total sense, it's not in any way shape or form intended for human consumption!

12:00 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

I dunno Cara... sounds like reflux to me. Millie Sue used to do the same thing.. and more often at night ( it had something to do with laying flat for a couple of hours... and then eating... the belly would fill up.. and the second she was all comfortable she'd let out blood curdling screams...Dr. Said :REFLUX. Check w/ your pediatrician... I could be very wrong... but it's worth mentioning. Good luck.

12:12 PM  
Blogger littlefeet said...

with Pman, i just had to eliminate milk and reduce the amount of cheese and ice cream i ate...nothing so severe as eliminate all dairy...i am not sure i could have done that...and kudos to all women who have to...omg...

but i would check with the ped first...just to be certain...

hugs to you and the little one...its no fun being in pain and not being able to say what hurts...


1:34 PM  
Blogger Rachael said...

I would talk to your Ped first. Gavin had MAJOR poop issues. And when he was about J's age it was just reccommended that we start him on 4oz of prune juice a day. Trust me it will be so much easier then getting rid of dairy. My sister tried it with her daughter and almost died of starvation lol.

1:56 PM  
Blogger finn said...

dark chocolate has no dairy, so please don't deny yourself chocolate!

4:51 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Flinger said...

I hope it all gets figured out. Hope he feels better soon, too!

10:29 PM  
Blogger molly said...

The creaminess in Thai food is coconut milk! It's not dairy--just pure fat!!

10:30 PM  
Blogger Elaine said...

18 months without dairy because of Lily, yo. As soon as she weaned I ate more ice cream than should EVER be allowed. Now I'm keeping it on the down low so I don't have the SCREAMING from little Anya. Ah... ice cream, how I covet thee!

11:10 PM  
Blogger Anne said...

oh crap. Emma had a bit of a bloody stool early on but I think it was because my nip was cracked and bleeding and I read on the internet that babies can't digest blood (How freaky is that statement anyway?!). Hope the no-dairy takes care of the problem for the poor baby!

10:12 AM  
Blogger Jenny said...

This happened to bella once and i FLIPPED! i called the ped and he said it was sloughing of the lower intestine after a virus.
it was horrible and scary!
still run it by the ped and see if you can try mylecon for gas. gripewater worked well for lina and is more natural and covers more g.i. bases. you can get it at wholefoods.
otherwise do dietary elimination one thing at a time.
i hope it is not dairy and maybe was just viral.

10:21 AM  
Blogger Jenny said...

ps we had to do the poop themometer thing too. and if he is taking a bottle a day add a tesp on clear corn syrup. it mooooves things along:)

10:28 AM  
Blogger Melinda said...

I would call the pediatrician too. My son X was the same way right about the same age julian is right now. His pediatrician called it "lazy Bottom" lol i still love the name!She said to do exactly what you did, put the thermometer up his bum! I can't remmebr exactly but lazy bottom (lol cracks me up) has something to with them not being able to control the anal muscles so when they are pushing they should be relaxing that muscle but instead tighten it or something like that.

3:12 PM  

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