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#1 Ingrid the Swan

Posted 01 April 2012 - 07:38 PM

Sorry about the TMI, but...

DD is 8 months old and has been eating solids since she was about 4.5 months. Normally her poops are quite firm, and because we're doing a half-version of elimination communication she usually lets us know when she needs to do one. We've gone for a couple of weeks without her doing a single poop in the nappy.

However, for the last couple of days DD has been doing some really sloppy poops - at best, it looks like we've forgotten to add a binding agent to it (sorry about the food analogy) and at worst it's quite squelchy and sloppy but not as runny as it used to be when she was exclusively breastfed. As well as this, she hasn't been letting us know when she wants to go to the potty - this evening, I had her on the potty for about 15 minutes just in case, and within five minutes of taking her off she'd gone in the nappy.

The thing that's concerning us though - you can often see bits of food through the poop as she's still learning to digest her food - and this evening you could clearly see an orange vegetable coming through. Thing is, the only orange thing we can think of that she ate recently was pumpkin - which she ate at about 2:00 this afternoon. So basically there was about a 5 hour turnaround between eating a particular food and pooping it out.

DD has been teething recently - she started last Friday for the first one and last Sunday for the second. We assumed that may have had something to do with the sloppy poops - but the teeth have broken the gum and are about 1mm out, so I'm not sure that's what's causing this now.

Other than the poop issue, she seems to be her happy self, and she's eating normally and sleeping about as normally as usual (with a caveat that we've been trying to get her to sleep in her own room so she's been sleeping longer patches at night but harder to settle when she wakes - and it's a struggle to get her to sleep during the day, but she's been like that since day one).

So, is this normal, or should we be taking her to the doctor tomorrow for a checkup?

Thanks!

#2 Tesseract

Posted 01 April 2012 - 07:50 PM

At that age my DD would go through phases of more sloppy consistency. Usually it would follow a slight illness and last a few weeks. So she would get a little sick and have runny poos, and the runny poos would hang around for a few weeks after she was better. Also it would depend on what she'd been eating. Sometimes I would ensure to offer her some banana and hard boiled egg and that would bind things up a bit.

We dont do EC so I'm not sure about that factor. Although I do see the concern you have, in that it seems as if she is now going without much warning.

Tis annoying, I was so happy when we moved on from the exclusive breastfed poos!

#3 imamumto3

Posted 01 April 2012 - 08:02 PM

has she been having a lot of fruit lately, especially melons, stone fruits or berries?  they can cause looser poos.  food goes through dd2 within hours, but she has food issues which may affect her digestion

#4 zibble

Posted 03 April 2012 - 10:29 AM

Both DD and DS were similar to PPs but DD has a lot of sloppy poos when she is teething and would poo all the time. DS was the same. If it keeps going on for over a week it would be worth going to the doctor.

#5 ~nikki~

Posted 03 April 2012 - 10:36 AM

My 13 month old had this and the pharmacy recommended cutting out dairy. This seemed to help.




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