Last week my daughter had diarrhea and it lasted for several days. It started Sunday afternoon but got really worse at night until Tuesday morning so we went to the hospital to have her checked. When the doctor saw her watery stool advised me to have her admitted for IV to prevent her from getting dehydrated, even if the stool test showed there wasn’t any bacteria. Of course I declined and she made me sign a waiver that says I refused her wise counsel for hospitalization, to make sure they won’t be blamed if something happens to Meimei. She gave us oral medication instead. The doctor also mentioned that during this seasons, which is Autumn, it’s very common for children to have diarrhea and it might be dangerous if it won’t stop. “So what if it’s Autumn? What made diarrhea so common this season?”, I thought.
When we got home I asked Mr. Google and here’s the answer: AUTUMN DIARRHEA .
Autumn Diarrhea is cause by rotavirus that breeds quickly at the start of autumn, when the temperature drops. Then I thought, “Great! When I was pregnant with Meimei, I caught Winter Virus. Now she has Autumn Diarrhea! I don’t want anything from Spring or Summer whatsoever!” I continued with my research and was able to find helpful tips from the web. I truly thank God for this technology called internet!
Meimei at 18 months was given 3 things and allow me to share them with you, hopefully the information here will also help those who will come to need them someday:
1. Oral Rehydration Salt – this can be bought in drugstores. Just follow instructions in mixing the ORS with water. However, if you can’t find any, you can make it at home. As instructed to me over the phone by Meimei’s pedia in the Philippines. I called her up the day before we headed to the hospital.
200 ml (7oz) Distilled Water
5 tsp Sugar
1 tsp Salt
Mix well… Give about 2oz each time the child poops (ideally)
Meimei just took small sips from time to time and probably finished 1 sachet of ORS in 2 days time.
2. Montmorillonite Powder – this is really wonderful stuff! Check the web for this powder and see the benefits! I plan to buy a lot and bring them home! Here’s just one of the many sites that lists the benefits of Montmorillonite Powder. This actually binds with the toxins in the body and brings them out through the poopie.
3. Bacillus licheniformis granules, LIVE – this is also great stuff! If you’re familiar with Yakult’s lactobacillus this is it. The cool part is, this comes in granules so you can just carry it anywhere you go and mix and drink anytime you need it. Just mix with water and it tastes sweet so my daughter liked it. This helps maintain digestive flora and digestion. Before she was given this, she threw up several times. The only thing she was able to take was my breastmilk.
Immediate relief were observed the day she took these stuff and 2 days after, her diarrhea totally left…goodbye diarrhea!
On the fifth day we weighed… My daughter didn’t lose weight, considering the amount she threw up and pooped it was a miracle. But I did! I lost 1.5Kilos in 5 days! I expected it since she sucked all my nutrients plus the several nights I wasn’t able to sleep straight. But it’s all worth it. Seeing her healthy and happy inspite her diarrhea was something extra ordinary. Even when we were in the hospital she kept on singing and smiling and waving. It was one of the reasons the doctor allowed us no confinement because Meimei wasn’t lethargic at all. The only time she cried at home was when it was changing diaper time because her bum was very sore. On the 3rd day it started to heal (thanks to DESITIN) so the only thing she said each time she pooped was: “YUCK!”
I need to mention that aside from my breastmilk, I also gave her several supplements / homeopathy stuff:
Super C – alkaline vitamin C to help lower her tummy’s acidity and boost immune system
Tissue Salt Pellets – to make sure her minerals won’t be depleted
Colloidal Silver – antibacterial
Hi-Bee Propolis – probiotic ; boost immune system
On her 3rd day, I started to give her a little of pureed apple, carrots, potato mixed with Nutrifresh. By a little I mean 1 tsp 2-3 times of each in 1 day. I read those 3 foods harden the stool and the Nutrifresh is to boost the nutrient level. On her 5th day she pooped a nicely formed stool. YIPEEEE! My husband actually caught it on his lap after giving Meimei her bath! It was a funny THANK YOU Lord moment.
I am grateful that Meimei got healed without the painful IV rehydration dose, that I have abundant supply of breast milk and supplements, that I have a very good friend named Lily (a local Chinese) who came to help me take care of Meimei, that I have my husband who gave up a critical business trip in Malaysia to be with us, that Joey has superiors who know the value of FAMILY over career, that there are concerned family and friends who pray for us and most especially that there is a GOD who truly heals. Because of all these, look at Meimei while going through her diarrhea days 🙂