Don't read this if you are squeamish. This is pretty detailed, but I don't know what to do and I am extremely frustrated with Chase's heiney. I'm so incredibly stressed out about this.
This isn't a funny poop story. It's a medical cry for help!
So, a history: Chase had Hirschsprung's disease. He had it surgically corrected when he was 2 1/2 weeks old. The surgeon was able to remove about an inch of lanrge intestine with a pull-through. It was a one-step procedure...no colostomy or anything (Thanks, Dr. Attorri- YOU ROCK!).
Since then, Chase has just always been a really poopy little dude. Like, 6-8 poopy diapers a day. Always. He's 16 months old now. You do the math. That's a lot of freaking diapers. I've asked the surgeon, the ped, and the GI doctors, and they've all said that some kids are just poopier than others. Guess we're just lucky. No one seemed concerned.
Oh, and the GI doctor said that yes, Chase may have some reflux, but it's not bad enough to medicate since he wasn't losing weight (I think that was when he was 7 months or so). The throwing up was constant. All the time. My carpet looks like hell.
So...moving onwards and upwards to the last 3 months...the poops have gotten worse. The diaper rash is mean and relentless. I'm kicking myself for not buying stock in Desitin as we are single handedly financing the entire company. We started eliminating foods, and it seems that when we took away milk, the reflux was better as were the diapers. We switched to soymilk for a week and it seemed to work, but then it got exponentially worse.
And on top of everything else, he's only gained 5 ounces in 4 months. He's started crawling since then, and is definitely more active, but still. He is a little guy.
*Ok- funny poop story amongst all my angst: I checked Chase's diaper before going to bed and it seemed a little squishy. So I picked him up, resting his butt on my forearm with his head on my shoulder. As I did this, it apparently smooshed everything that had been in the diaper up and out the back of his pants, splooshing on my arm and dripping-- like pumpkin pie batter-- onto my leg. Oh. My. God. I can't even put him down anywhere, I'm so afraid that more will come out. So I run, holding him under his arms, a foot in front of me, to my bathroom across the house, praying that Bryan is somewhere close so we can engineer some kind of solution to getting him undressed, undiapered, and into the shower without any additional, um, crap. I can't tell you exactly how we did it, but somehow we were able to peel him out of the layers of soiled jammies and rinse him off. Anyhoo.
Back to today. Chase is off milk, soymilk, rice milk, and wheat. Planning for meals is impossible. Chase refuses to eat almost all the substitutes that I give him. His diet consists mostly of bananas, rice chex, green beans, sweet potatoes, applesauce, grapes, and peaches. Diapers are still gross, but less gross than they have ever been. I have nightmarish thoughts about Celiac disease.
I took him to the pediatrician and she did an allergy panel and the preliminary bloodwork to test for celiac. The results came back today: Negative. For everything. No celiac (yay!) but also no allergies. WTH??? Seriously, every time the kid had milk, he'd puke. NO ALLERGIES? Not a ONE? WHAT IS WRONG WITH HIS SYSTEM THEN???????????????????????????????????????????????
I've called the GI guy. We're going to see him next week. Oy.
Oh, and another thing. I feel really stupid about this. But since Chase has been eating larger, less cut-up foods (take green beans, for example), I've noticed that they come out in his diaper, well, whole. Like someone dumped a bowl full of beans down his pants. Seriously. That whole. Same for black beans, corn, etc. And the sweet potatoes...they come out looking essentially unchanged. At first I attributed this to his lack of teeth (something that I had no experience with since Ian had a mouthful by his first birthday), but I'm beginning to wonder...is this normal? Is this an indication that nothing is being processed? Does this happen to anyone else's kids?
So. HELP! SOMEONE! ...anyone...?