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#1 chelley


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Posted 12 March 2010 - 01:56 PM

Just looking for any incidences of other children having dark stools.

On Tuesday Aurelia vomited - a large amount but only once - when out at a restaurant for a birthday party. She had been very squirmy and complaining of having a sore belly. Raya is 2.

She was white for the rest of the night but was running around everywhere and seemed happy as larry.

That night woke at 3am - got into our bed - complaining of sore belly but no vomiting or diarrhoea.

Over the remainder of the week has been having long day sleeps - yesterday slept 5 hours when minded by MIL.

Has not had temps, vomiting or loose stools. Has been quite irritable and clingy.

When we have asked her if anything is sore - she says no.

My gut says she is not herself despite her activity levels not dropping.

Today we went out to the Opera House. She wanted to be on my lap - not on the floor, clingy and quite the cranky pants.

Took her to the toilets - foul smelling VERY dark green almost black poo - not runny but hard to wipe off if that makes sense.

She has not eaten anything blue. No vomiting since Tuesday. No temps.

Would you take her to the dr? I don't want her put onto antibiotics just in case because they tend to cause upset tummies but I am sure she isn't feeling well.
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Posted 12 March 2010 - 02:10 PM

Yes I'd take my daughter to the doctor in the situation you described... especially because it is Friday and it might be hard to get her in over the weekend if she becomes any worse.

I think if your intuition is telling you something isn't right then it's worth getting it looked at - if for no other reason than to put your mind at rest.

If the doctor suggests antibiotics and you aren't comfortable with that approach I'd just push him/her to explain to you what sort of infection he/she thinks Aurelia has and decide from there whether you think it's necessary to take them. I am also not a fan of the "just in case" approach when it comes to antibiotics (luckily my GP is very conservative about prescribing them so I never wonder whether they are necessary).

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Posted 12 March 2010 - 02:13 PM

Probably wouldn't hurt to get her checked out... it can indicate Salmonella or giardia infections.... might match with her tiredness and sore tummy...

Also Drs are pretty careful with antibiotics in cases of food poisoning particularly in kids as antibiotics can make the infection worse and even cause complications..

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Posted 12 March 2010 - 02:39 PM

Thanks girls I may pop her into the local medical centre just to have her looked at. Is it likely they will give her anything for food poisoning?
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Posted 12 March 2010 - 02:45 PM

Poor thing sad.gif I hope she is feeling herself soon. I remember J had a black stool and it completely freaked me out until I remembered that he had eaten blueberries the day before.

Hope the doctor had some answers for you.
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Posted 12 March 2010 - 04:53 PM

Does she use the toilet or a nappy? I know it sounds gross, but if she does it again, it may help the doctor if you can get a sample to take along with you. Has there been any blood eg when she was vomiting, when her bottom is wiped? Or was there any green in her vomit? Is she complaining of tummy pain still? Any problems with weeing? Try to keep her fluids up, small frequent amounts, and I think it might be worth a trip to the GP. Hope she feels better very soon smile.gif

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Posted 12 March 2010 - 05:16 PM

Not sure about the sore tummy, but just wanted to say DS sometimes gets very dark, almost black poos that STINK! Also the odd dark green poo too.

He's normally quite happy & content etc even when he does poos this colour, so I just put it down to his insides digesting things that particular way that day.

The colour spectrum of poos is quite amazing isn't it? You never know what surprise is in store for you until you open up the package! tongue.gif

Hope your little one is feeling better!
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