I know, awesome title, isn’t it? We are all about being real here. 😉
As the title of the post suggests, things have been a little nuts in our household because the little fellow fell ill. In the dawn of Wednesday morning, he woke us up with a whole bunch of whining. Turns out that he was running a low-grade fever AND sporting a ginormous poopy diaper. The kid has never pooped in his sleep since those early infancy days so that was a real nasty surprise there.
The diarrhoea continued throughout the day and we had no clue where it came from. It was accompanied by the low-grade fever, and he was rather whiny.
Now, this was our first time dealing with baby diarrhoea, barring that occasional odd bowel movement here and there. Lucky us! Thankfully, this mama here did not panic. And gratefully, our paediatrician was kind enough to return my call and offer me some advice, all of which affirmed that what I had been doing to ease the symptoms was correct.
I thought I’d share with you all what we have been doing, in case you are ever faced with the stinkiest, wettest poopy diaper ever. Take note, though, that I was able to tell that it was nothing serious based on what I know of Mr A’s behaviour. He was still a happy chappy most of the time so I figured that this was classified as one of those things.
- Feed baby probiotics
While we have been diligently giving him yogurt and probiotics powder, I took it up a notch by giving him BioGaia probiotics drops every morning.
- Ease the fever
We were using a mix of baby Panadol and Progesic.
Thankfully, the kid loves his water and we’ve been ensuring that he drinks up frequently. I have also been nursing him as much as I can when we are together.
- Avoid dairy
Now this is where I didn’t follow the advice of my PD. He had told me that it was okay to continue with A’s cow milk feeds but I wasn’t comfortable with that and eliminated them. I figured that since I was nursing him at night, the two missing milk feeds for the day wouldn’t make too much of a difference.
- Eat normally
I continued giving him his normal solids meals. His body is fighting the illness and would need all the nutrition that he can get. We’ve also been feeding him his favourite (ba)nana to help stem the diarrhoea.
- Apply diaper cream
Throughout this entire episode, Earth Mama Angel Baby’s Bottom Balm has been our saviour. On the two days that A was at my in-laws’, diaper cream was not applied to his bum because it wasn’t available there. AND IT WAS OBVIOUS. His skin became so red and angry. With the Bottom Balm, we were able to prevent the problem from worsening and the redness is subsiding slowly.
It’s been four days since and while we are both zonked from having to change poopy diapers in the middle of the night, A’s condition has been improving on its own with minimal medication. He’s as energetic as ever, with nary a moment’s peace! The PD also affirmed that it will go away on its own and that we didn’t have to see him unless any of the following happens: dehydration, blood in the stool, high fever, vomiting, change in behavior or black stools.
Hopefully this is one post that you will never have to refer to!