If you don't like talking about poop, then this post is not for you. If you're a mom, then you're likely up to your elbows in it right now, as you read.
Graedy has weird pooping patterns. He went through a 2 month phase where he only pooped once per week and it was very hard. Then, once he started eating food and drinking big people milk, his poop changed. It became very loose, very frequent and stinky. And I mean stinky. As in, open all the windows, apologize to the neighbours kind of stinky. I didn't think anything of it because he was happy, growing, pudgy and generally well.
Yesterday, I mentionned the poop problem to one of my co-workers. In no time flat, she had him diagnosed with cancer! Freaking out, I called Rich and my doctor and got an appointment for Graedy the next day (today). I picked up Graedy from my SIL's and didn't put him down the whole evening. I beat myself up for putting off his 1 year appointment, and I convinced myself that he was seriously ill.
Fast forward to this morning...I sat, tense, with Graedy in the doc's office. He's NOT DYING! Fiew! Dodged a bullet there! As she pointed out, people love to give scary, unsolicited advice and that cancer is a pretty far-fetched conclusion for toddler diarhea. If he was 60 or 70, then yeah, it could be something bad. For a 1 year old, it could be either of 3 things:
*an intolerance to milk or gluten or something else
*malabsorbtion (not being able to retain the good stuff in food cuz it goes right through him)
*his bowel is not yet mature and his body is adjusting to foods
On the bad side, he has been steadily slipping on the growth charts. He started out at the 75th% for weight, and dropped to 50%, and now 25%. Not a good thing, but he is otherwise healthy. That means that there is probably something that he is eating that he shouldn't. On a plus note, his head is huge (cuz he's smart like moi!). LOL
So, we are on a 2 week milk fast to see if that helps. If not, then we'll go on a gluten fast (?). Still nothing, I'll be collecting stool samples and getting tests done. We go back in 3 months for a weigh-in just to keep an eye on things.
Wish us luck!