Bowel Movements

Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
Bowel Movements
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Thu, 12-31-2009 - 9:38am

I forgot to ask the ped when I was there last time with Madison and am wondering if this is a bit out of the ordinary, so I thought I'd check in here before calling and bothering them again.

A small bit of background that may or may not help, I think we are finally over the oversupply issues, though I do still try and do block feedings with her. She was diagnosed with a UTI on Dec. 1 when we went back for a recheck on an ear infection she had. She was on antibiotics for the UTI, I didn't do antibiotics for the ear infection, just BM in the ears. Because she was so young with a UTI the doctor sent her in for testing, a renal ultrasound and a bladder/dye test. All the tests came back just fine for the anatomy and her last urine sample from last week came back clean, so the UTI most likely was just a fluke.

Anyways, my real question is her bowel movements. Since about 3 months old she went down to one bowel movement about once a day, sometimes every other day. They are always either the deep yellow/orange color or a green color depending on how block feeding was going, but they usually at least had some sort of substance to them. She's 6 1/2 months now, but in the last probably 6 weeks maybe, her poop is basically all liquid, very little, if any actual substance to it. She spent about a week, 3 weeks ago, while on the antibiotics for the UTI, but before the testing, where she was going about 2-3 times a day, but went back to about 1 time a day. Since Christmas, where I gave her her first solids of sweet potatoes, she went christmas day and didn't poop again til yesterday. It had little remnants of sweet potatoes in it, but other than that was all liquid as usual. Is this at all considered ordinary or is it something I should be worried about? Is it just that she's digesting the BM well enough not to have much waste? I know it will change as I introduce solids, but is there something I should be looking for?

If it continues I had planned on asking the doctor about it when we go back for her next well baby visit, but since she's not getting her shots, I didn't plan on doing that again til February. I'm just wondering if its something I should call and ask about sooner.

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Registered: 09-10-2009
In reply to: arryl
Thu, 12-31-2009 - 10:51am

I'm wondering if it's related to the antibiotics. Antibiotics can cause loose bowels without a doubt. Are you giving her acidophilus to reduce the risk of thrush and combat the loose poops?


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Registered: 07-26-1999
In reply to: arryl
Thu, 12-31-2009 - 11:14am

I had been giving her the acidophilus because we've had a problem with yeast for quite sometime, though I have not always been consistent with it. The yeast is gone, at least from what I can tell, but not the loose bowels. I'll start back giving her the acidophilous 2 times a day starting tonight and see if that makes any difference.

One quick question about the acidophilus, I have the refrigerated liquid, thicker kind, but she gives me a problem taking it, I think because its so cold from being in the fridge. Will it kill the good stuff in it if I put it in a syringe and leave it out for about 20 minutes or so to let it warm up to room temperature? I noticed with her antibiotics if I left it out for a bit before giving it to her so it would be room temperature, she tolerated taking it a lot better and didn't spit out 1/2 of it.

I was wondering if it might have been from the antibiotics, but I couldn't remember for sure when it started, but I know it was happening before we started the rx, just not as frequently as while she was on the rx.

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