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What could be wrong with my baby?

(15 Posts)
NoCapes Sat 18-Jun-16 11:03:53

I had a thread running about DS2's terrible sleeping where I got some amazing help and advice, one being that he possibly had silent reflux, so I took him to the doctors who agreed and put him on gaviscon sachets

But since then he has a whole new host of things wrong
I'll just list them for ease of reading -
Poo switching from soft and mucussy to hard and black (but always as difficult to pass)
Poo smelling sour and almost acidic?
Obviously tummy pain
Weeing lots
Little bit of a rash around his ears/neck/cheeks that comes and goes
Occasional sick that is clear with white lumpy bits in
Very sweet smelling - he literally smells like baked goods

I've considered lactose intolerance and other food allergies (most of this started with weaning) and googling the smell is saying possible diabetes (argh!!)
Obviously I'll take him back to GP but just wondering if any of this looks familiar to anyone? What could it be? And what can I do in the meantime?

NoCapes Sat 18-Jun-16 11:04:14

He's 7 months by the way

Melonrunner Sat 18-Jun-16 11:05:52

I'd take him to the GP. The black poos and sweet smell are ringing alarm bells.

Melonrunner Sat 18-Jun-16 11:06:16

As in today take him to ooh GP

therootoftheroot Sat 18-Jun-16 11:06:56

no idea but if you KNOW your child is not right, i would badger every dr i could until i found out what's wrong

NoCapes Sat 18-Jun-16 11:17:50

Oh gosh Melon really?
This has been going on for a while, can it not wait till Monday?

Thankyou theroot that's what's hard, I know something is just not quite right, but I just don't know what, and how to explain it really

NoCapes Sat 18-Jun-16 12:18:11


Oliviacolemansshriek Sat 18-Jun-16 12:28:15

I just wanted to comment to say that I think you should take him to the doctor.
My son had similar symptoms and we just muddled on for ages but I think he probably had a dairy allergy as my daughter was diagnosed 3 years later after the same symptoms.
It's easy to think it's not that bad and you can manage it at home but the doctors really don't mind about appointments for little ones. It's much better to go. Good luck flowers

smileyhappypeople Sat 18-Jun-16 12:46:40

Yes go and pester.... I know someone who hacker son back and forth for ages and they all fobbed her off..... He was 7/8 mths when they took him to hospital, she literally sat in the hospital, cried and refused to move until something was done..... He was diagnosed with extreme excema, milk allergies, oats allergy. He's now 3 and has been diagnosed with a few more allergies since then.
Obviously this is extreme but sometimes you do need to keep pestering! I think Drs have a terrible habit of overlooking baby illness as just over fussy parents

Oliviacolemansshriek Sat 18-Jun-16 12:57:36

Also, in my experience you don't get referred for tests very easily. They have to see you in the surgery a few times, they usually go down the route of trying to sort out individual problems (like the constipation, exzema etc) and when you keep presenting back then they look at underlying causes such as allergies.
It's a long process and it felt like a bit of a game but you know if he's suffering and not right - you just have to be persistent and try all the avenues.

NoCapes Sat 18-Jun-16 13:54:08

Ah thankyou smile
I think I am a bit worried that I'll just be labelled a fussy parent, even my own Mum has said I'm developing munchausen by proxy hmm
But it helps that you all agree that actually he doesn't sound right and my instincts are right
I'll go to the GP first thing Monday and get pestering - I'm very good at that, I once had a specialist flew in from another country I was so insistent I needed another opinion for DS1 - doctors love me blushgrin

t1mum Sun 19-Jun-16 20:10:13

What is the sweet smell like? A kind of vanilla milky smell or more of a fruity one?

Lovewatchingrainfall Sun 19-Jun-16 20:19:55

I would also point out that gavisgon can cause constipation. And there are far better things out there for silent reflux then that.

I would totally go back to the doctors on Monday and ask for another opinion.

lorribaby Wed 22-Jun-16 21:15:19

Probably silent reflux. I had to stop gaviscon as constipation was just as bad. Now use carobel in every feed which is a godsend and no constipation. What age is your baby could they now be teething as well?

Tinselmouse Thu 23-Jun-16 20:13:14

Gaviscin caused most of those side effects when my DD was 7 months. I stopped using it - and she went straight back to notmal. Gasviscon is hideous stuff for babies. Just moves the problem to further down in the digestive tract (ie constipation) in my experience!

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