Almost had to play with Poo!


Be Careful of your kids at Petting Zoos! Especially the little ones ages 1, 2 and 3, who always touch their mouths! We had quite a scare this week with our toddler after he had 8 days of diarrhea, nausea and abdominal cramping. See we had taken J Myster to the San Diego Zoo, and while we were there one of the places we wanted to visit was the petting zoo because J had fallen asleep when we got to the petting zoo 5 months earlier in Phoenix.

After 5 days of diarrhea which then led to vomiting, we took the little guy to the doctor. The first doctor we saw wasn’t much help, so we went back the next week to get some answers. This doctor we saw was very thorough with us and was trying to help us get down to the bottom of why he had been sick for so long.

Now we don’t know for sure if this is what he had or not because thankfully I never got the opportunity to collect a stool sample before his poop became normal again. If you get grossed out easily, you might want to stop reading here. His poop for a week was the consistency of cottage cheese and the color of Humus. Due to that description and the fact that he had no elevated temperature and no change in his diet, the Doctor started thinking “parasite” parasites are nasty little things and the one she was thinking of was Giardiasis. This parasite lives in the small intestines when you contract it and is usually found in third world countries, people who drink from well waters, streams or come in contact with animal fecal matter. Hunky Hubs and I looked at each other and the only thing we could think of was either from the beach or the petting zoo. Even though I washed my son’s hands after he touched the animals at the petting zoo it can be impossible for them not to touch their face or lips prior to you getting their hands washed and I’m sure that was probably the case here.

Now we don’t know for sure if he had Giardiasis, but I was given a kit to take home to collect poop samples with JOY!! Just what I wanted to do while pregnant with a sensitive stomach! My task was to wrap my son’s diaper in seran wrap, then collect the poop out of his diaper with a stick, put it in a container with a solution I had to mix, shake it up, then get it to the lab with in 24 hours. Fun. I was soo looking forward to doing this…..hopefully, you can sense my sarcasm. 😉

So after being given Culterelle Samples (a probiotic) that I put in some of his food, he went 2 and half days without a bowel movement and then yesterday afternoon, I was so happy to finally see that he had normal poop! What did that mean for me? I didn’t have to dig into it with a stick and possibly contaminate myself with this horrible parasite (The last thing you want to happen while pregnant!!)

Anyway I just wanted to send a warning out to all you moms out there to be leery of petting zoos and DO NOT LET YOUR KIDS TOUCH THEIR FACE BEFORE YOU WASH THEIR HANDS, if you visit one.  Whether this was Giardiasis or not, it was still a pretty nasty stomach bug that was not kind to our little guy. It was days and days of “hold me hold me hold me” moments just because he didn’t feel well. It was heartbreaking and frustrating dealing with a sick toddler. So wash your kiddos hands guys and carry anti-bacterial soap with you too!!

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6 thoughts on “Almost had to play with Poo!

  1. Poor guy probably had Rotavirus.  I had the pleasure of dealing with this peach of a virus with both my kids…at the same time.  It is the most common cause of severe diarrhea and vomiting in infants and toddlers and is caused  ingesting poop.  It can last up to 2-4 weeks.  You think it’s going away then BAM! it rears it’s ugly head again!  My daughter got it so bad when she was two I was pretty much pulling sheets and washing them every night for 3 weeks straight!  I wanted to throw myself off a bridge!  It affected her intestines so bad we could only give her soy milk for like 6 mo after the fact.  Her system couldn’t tolerate Cow’s milk.  She finally came back around.  Sorry to hear you and your little guy went through that.  After going through what we did I’ve become a freak about washing hands.  There are microscopic poop particles on everything…especially in public places!  GEEEROSS!       

  2. So glad he is feeling better. I know how it can be with sick kids. I’m also glad you didn’t have to collect any poo. Just the thought of it grosses me out. 

  3. That sucks. I guess the rotovirus vaccine doesn’t work? That was one of the vaccines I made sure he got. I would be pulling my hair out too! When he was little he had horrible diarrhea on vacation one time and we were using cloth diapers. I said screw it and went and bought some target brand diapers. It was really gross to deal with on the road.

  4. I love the zoo, but we all need to remember the value of handwashing especially while at and after going to a zoo!  So sorry for your poor child! Hope he is feeling much better by now! Doing some hopping around tonight.

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