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To take dds nappy to show the doctor

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ShesAnEasyWuffer Fri 14-Nov-14 15:29:21

DD (nearly 7 months) has been a bit constipated and passed a rather large, hard poo earlier this afternoon. She cried a lot and was obviously in pain. We're leaving for the doctors in about half an hour. Shall I take the nappy with me so the doctor is fully aware of what the poo was like? Do you think they would find this useful? I'm torn between trying to be helpful and not wanting to look like a weirdo (and a total pfb).

I'm not the best at explaining things sometimes, and one person's idea of a 'hard poo' is different to another's IYSWIM.

First foray into AIBU so please be kind. Here are lots of flowers flowers flowers flowers flowers flowers

eosmum Fri 14-Nov-14 15:30:47

Think I'd leave it tbh. A hard poo is a hard poo, maybe take a picture?

LittleBairn Fri 14-Nov-14 15:31:41

Do the Dr a favour and just take a photo.

ROARmeow Fri 14-Nov-14 15:31:43

A bit PFB.

If it's a normal colour and consistency then I wouldn't fret.

Being constipated isn't nice and I'm not surprised she cried.

But I think lugging a nappy and a poo into the GP would be a step too far... although I'm sure someone on MN has done just that so you wouldn't be alone.

CurlsLDN Fri 14-Nov-14 15:34:22

Leave it. I had the opposite problem with my ds and considered the same, but didn't. The Dr was happy to hear my description and didn't need to see anything.

Can you describe it In terms of familiar textures? Eg, if it's normally curry sauce, was it mash potato? (put myself off dinner now)

ShesAnEasyWuffer Fri 14-Nov-14 15:37:49

Yep, think i'll leave it. Thanks all. Am trying to think of fibre-rich foods for her dinner now.....

LittleBairn Fri 14-Nov-14 15:40:51

That really is the next idea otherwise you'll never manage to get a GP appointment again. grin

ShesAnEasyWuffer Fri 14-Nov-14 15:45:03

It's the head doctor in the practice that we're seeing blush

ShesAnEasyWuffer Fri 14-Nov-14 15:45:58

Just to clarify, they gave me an appointment with him as he was free, I didn't request him personally - i'm not that much of a pfb grin

Azquilith Fri 14-Nov-14 15:46:56

I think the doctor will get what a hard poo is. I don't think they need to poke it.

Mangobubbles Fri 14-Nov-14 15:49:24

Feed her pears! They work miracles!

AnotherStitchInTime Fri 14-Nov-14 15:51:59

Just compare it to it's type on the Bristol Stool Chart they will know what you mean.

ShesAnEasyWuffer Fri 14-Nov-14 15:52:09

Thanks mango. Am considering sweet potatoes and apricots too. We'll have the opposite problem soon if i'm not careful!

ShesAnEasyWuffer Fri 14-Nov-14 15:53:48

Thanks another, very useful. Oh, the things mumsnet can teach you about poo grin

LuckyLopez Fri 14-Nov-14 15:55:53

Don't use fibre for constipation, use fibre to keep you regular once you're cleared out. No wonder she's shitting concrete.

PooFlower Fri 14-Nov-14 15:56:29

When I was a baby my Mum caught the bus to the doctors with my poo on a jar, she said the doctors face was a picture when she plonked it on his desk.
Hope your dd is ok she's

PooFlower Fri 14-Nov-14 15:57:01

*in a jar

ShesAnEasyWuffer Fri 14-Nov-14 15:59:48

Thanks Lucky hmm. As if i'm not already upset enough for seeing my daughter in so much pain, I can now blame myself for it too....

raltheraffe Fri 14-Nov-14 16:00:25

As someone who used to work as a doctor I say absolutely take the poo. That way the doctor can get far more information than on a poo photo or verbal description. Most doctors have pretty strong stomachs and will have seen far worse before. You may want to place the nappy in a bag though so not to stink the waiting area out

ShesAnEasyWuffer Fri 14-Nov-14 16:00:37

PooFlower ha! your mum and I are kindred spirits!

ShesAnEasyWuffer Fri 14-Nov-14 16:01:42

Ooooh, an alternative opinion. Thanks raltheraffe. Am leaving now so will make a quick decision. Thanks all flowers

Titsalinabumsquash Fri 14-Nov-14 16:05:03

I took a whole bag of nappies to my GP after getting frustrated that no one believed me about DS1 pooing 20+ nappies of pure neon orange grease per day.

Then again, I also took in a bag with a towel covered in blood as vomit to express my concern over the amount my 'morning sickness' was damaging my stomach.

Both occasions seemed to do the trick wink

LuckyLopez Fri 14-Nov-14 16:05:11

Oh stop being over sensitive. It's advice that's all, take it or leave it. I'm not blaming, I don't know you to do that.

raltheraffe Fri 14-Nov-14 16:05:56

In order to qualify as a gp (not now they have changed all the rules but when I practiced) you had to do a 6 month stint as an sho in general surgery and this involved colorectal surgery. Even when patients have picolax (aka bowel blaster) before surgery there is still a lot of faecal matter inside the bowel. This absolutely stinks and I cannot understand any doctor who chooses to specialise in this area. Once you have assisted in colorectal ops you can take just about anything

70isaLimitNotaTarget Fri 14-Nov-14 16:06:32

My mum was looking after DS while I drove DH to work, DS had been given his first set of jabs the day before (so 8 weeks IIRC)

She changed his nappy and kept it to show me it was the done thing in her day grin

Some things cannot be unseen grin

I took my guinea-pigs pooh to the vet - in my defence , a normal pooh is smaller than a chocolate peanut, his was the size of a Fererro Rocher shock. The vet was impressed (I think)

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