I am home this afternoon with a SICK little boy. It all started last Sunday when Moochi got unusually fussy, lethargic and came down with a fever of 102. After briefly considering a trip to the ER (yes, we’re THOSE parents), I ended up giving him a dose of baby motrin to bring the fever down. He slept on my lap for the entire afternoon.
Then the funky diapers started. His dirty diapers were almost a tan/white color with a liquidy consistency. I almost called the doctor after reading this article, but then realized that the article was geared toward babies and Moochi is a toddler. I read on a toddler message board about other babies that were teething. Apparently the white poop was occurring because Moochi wasn’t eating anything but absolutely pounding milk.
Then Moochi got sick. Like projectile vomit and pure liquid poop sick. 8 days after the first molar, we were in the middle of a full blown teething/sick baby crisis. Did I treat the teething? The diarrhea? What was I supposed to give him? Since it was Labor Day, I called the afterhour nurse hotline through our pediatrician’s office.
First she asked me the following questions to determine whether the illness was life threatening:
1.) Any Blood/Coffee ground like materials in the diarrhea or vomit?
2.) Is the toddler listless, clammy or seem to be having trouble breathing?
4.) Has he possibly eaten chemicals or poison?
5.) Is he dehydrated? (Signs include: no urine in the diaper for 12 hours, listless, dry mouth, no tears when he cries)
After determining that his condition did not require a visit to the ER, she explained that when babies teeth, they produce an enzyme to help the teeth break through the gums. The enzyme can make them vomit or have diarrhea. This coupled with the fact that Moochi hadn’t been eating much led to the vomit/diarrhea. She recommended that we take the following steps to help him feel better and that we call back if the vomiting continued or he showed any signs of dehydration:
1.) Do not feed Moochi solid foods until at least 6 hours after the last time he vomits. (I would NOT have done this, so glad I called). When we do feed him solids, try: white bread. white pasta, dry white cereal, potatoes and white rice (okay then, so everything I avoid eating on a daily basis).
2.) During the 6 hour waiting period, try to get liquid down him. Pedialyte is best. Moochi will not drink pedialyte or gatorade. She said I could give him as much milk or water as he would drink. The nurse said to avoid juices, luckily we do not give him juice anyway.
3.) Try popsicles. The nurse recommended Outshine Popsicles because they have no added sugar. Apparently added sugar can further irritate the stomach.
4.) Do not give the baby ibuprofen. Ibuprofen is very helpful for teething pain, unfortunately it will further irritate a empty upset stomach. We needed to treat the vomiting/diarrhea over the teething pain since it can cause dehydration which can be critical.
5.) Do not using teething gel or other topical ointments to soothe his mouth. These can also cause stomach issues. Let him chew on a cool washcloth. I gave him his toothbrush because he loves to chew on it.
Moochi had 3 Outshine popsicles and is now napping. Looks like we’re on the road to recovery. Only 6 molars to go!
PS – Moochi’s GOML bought him this slide and he’s been playing with it like crazy this week. Its for ages 1-6 and it folds up for storage when he is not visiting GOML. It’s so cute when he slides down it.