Lets Talk About That Which Was NEVER Discussed Prior To Motherhood!


*warning* not the for the squeamish!

Oh my soul! I have even found myself googling poo, baby poo, teething poo et etc etc over the last few days! Who would have thought I’d ever ask Dr Google about poo!!!!! In years gone by my search phrases including FET, IVF, IVF Success Rates, IVF Success rates ** days past ET, Intralipids, Menopur, etc etc etc, NEVER POO!

It all started Sunday two weeks ago, on the drive back from the airport after saying goodbye to my cousin, we’d given Ava her bottle to drink in the car as it was late and planned to just plop her in her cot when we got home. Only, on the way home, something started to stink. And I mean really, burn-your-nose-hairs-stink! When we got home and lifted our sleeping toddler out of the car, she came away with a rather large poo mark on her back, in the car seat and beautifully all squiged into my hands! After scrubbing the car seat, the baby and the baby clothes, we all went to sleep, thinking nothing of it.

Fast forward to Saturday and while playing with Ava in the lounge on Saturday afternoon, again that unpleasant sensation of burning nose hair began and I just knew what we were in for. Once again, poo down the legs, up the back even into the back of her hair. Once again, thinking nothing of it, we wash the baby, wash the baby clothes and continue on.

Sunday morning, while brushing Ava’s (2) teeth, I suddenly realize that the sound of the toothbrush moving over her bare gums is sounding different. I open her mouth and low and behold, there are two top teeth! Right through! Sticking all the way out. My first reaction was one of utter relief. Although I had thought it odd that she’d cut her first two teeth at 9 months and nothing since. I was secretly praying the remaining teeth would stay away as long as possible given the sleepless hell we went through for 2 weeks. And now here we were and suddenly my 13 month old had 4 teeth in her mouth and aside from the rather rank poo experiences, there had been NO symptoms! Whoohoo!

Tuesday morning, Ava wakes us crying her heart out at 05h30! Very very odd, it’s about an hour and a half too early for her to be awake. I jump out of bed and as I approach her bedroom I start to feel my nose hairs burning! Open her bedroom door to discover my beautiful princess lying in a pool of poo! Poo on her hands, poo seeping out her nappy, over her pajama’s, over her sleep sack. Poo poo poo!

We had a repeat performance of that again this morning! Two days in a row we’ve had to bath her by 6am and washing her bedding, sleep sack and pajama’s because everything was literally covered in poo!

But when I brushed her teeth this morning, I looked in her mouth and saw that another two teeth have come through at the bottom. And now I’m starting to think she’s on a teething marathon and is making up for the months she spent toothless by cutting all her teeth in one month.

These teething poo’s are killer, they’re so acidic they burn her, her bottom and the folds of her inner thighs are red red red and judging from how white her gums are, I think we need to prepare ourselves for many more of these morning baths in the weeks to come!

I’m just so relieved that the teething necklace seems to have had an effect and we’re not having any sleepless nights or disruptions to her routine! Long may it last!

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  • Reply orbit365

    Teething marathon without sleepless nights! Way to go AVA and thank you teething necklace.
    Those teething poos are horrible. It does pass though. Just make sure to give her plenty of fluids. I forget what it’s called but there is something that you can get at the chemist for the acid burn on her bum and leg folds.

    February 2, 2011 at 10:25 am
  • Reply mayflowerladybugs

    Sjoe that sounds hectic Sharon! I think I have blocked those poo’s out a bit, they are AWFUL! Luckily it does seem to get better the older they are, and at the moment we are at 34/40 teeth so almost there for us. The worst teeth for mine were the eye teeth and some of the back molars – Rachel is having the worst time with them while Olivia popped out 2 without any sign at all! Anyway, the sooner they are out the better so good luck with those poohs!!

    February 2, 2011 at 10:50 am
  • Reply evemeyer

    Oh no Sharon! Sounds frightening! Although, I couldnt help but laugh a bit as well!
    Good luck with the poo’s! Hope they start easing up a bit!

    Oh, and congrats on the teeth!

    February 2, 2011 at 11:54 am
  • Reply lolly

    Aahhh the favourite topic of moms everywhere πŸ˜‰
    The acidic smell, usually accompanies teeth. The sheer enormity of it always special.
    Put maizena in the folds of her thighs, then a little bum$ cream over. Does wonders for nappy rash and keeping those folds dry.
    You can also sprinkle maizena into the nappy before closing it. Worked well for us πŸ™‚
    Also give her a probiotic every day for a week or so while she’s having mammoth poos. Keeps the good flora up and I’ve found it helps with the poo’s.

    Otherwise, good luck with all the washing! πŸ˜€

    February 2, 2011 at 11:56 am
  • Reply hanneke001

    Shame , it sounds horrible, no advice from me just wanted to say congrats on the teeth and GL on the POO !!

    February 2, 2011 at 12:03 pm
  • Reply aussiekim

    Dust her bottom in cornflour hon works a treat~!

    February 2, 2011 at 1:54 pm
  • Reply hollielee5

    Have you thought about probiotics? We use a product called, Culturelle. It comes in small packets, and our ped said to use half a packet and put it in a drink (milk, formula, juice, whatever). We do this at any sign of tummy upsets, teething, or too many antibiotics due to ear infections. It has helped immensely. Good luck!

    February 2, 2011 at 4:32 pm
  • Reply darylfaure

    Bless her poor little bum! Those teething poo’s are horrid and as you say, that acidic smell is enough to make you run for the loo yourself. Shame friend – happy washing is all I can say, and just keep her bum layered in cream and cornflour.

    February 2, 2011 at 6:56 pm
  • Reply lea2109

    Oh shame, we only once ever got horrible poos because of teething and that was when Bianca was 6 month old and got the worst nappy rash ever. My advice, put antipeol on before her bum becomes so sore you can hardly touch it.

    We never used teething beads, but I’m glad that they are working for you!

    February 2, 2011 at 8:28 pm
  • Reply pandoragelb

    I remember a loeeague of mine years ago who used to phone home every morning and ask her toddler son “Did you make a poo?” Never did I think that I would be quite so interested in it myself! We’ve had a few of those runny ones, luckily we never had a lot of teething symptoms besides that, but it is bad enough when you find them lying in a sea of it in the morning, smiling quite happily! She also used to get a bad nappy rash and beacuse of the constant runs, often get a candida infection on top of that. Mixed Multipeol with a broad spectrum antifungal and antibacterial in equal amounts, that always helped. Also stopped using wipes when it was so red, and used cotton wool and cold rooibos.
    Glad the toofies are just popping out with minimal fuss! Relatively.

    February 2, 2011 at 8:44 pm
  • Reply Hanneke C

    πŸ™‚ mums can relate to this. I always feel sorry for them, when their bottom is soo sore from those ‘teething poos’. I used barrier cream and if it didn’t heal it antifungal cream. Glad though that there are no sleepless nights!

    February 3, 2011 at 8:56 am
  • Reply tzipieastwest

    Phhh Sharon, Good luck with the washing/laundry and much strength to little Ava too !!

    February 3, 2011 at 1:09 pm
  • Reply To Love Bella

    NO NO NO!! Don’t tell me this! I hate poo!! Going to have to get mommy to stay with us.. UGH!
    Bella has started making baaaaaaad poo’s too… but i thought it was due to protein!!

    February 4, 2011 at 10:37 am
  • Reply pandoragelb

    A little follow up, little did I know I would have to use my own advice so quickly!! We caught a tummy bug that is raging through the schools here, and we have been changing nappies at an alarming rate! Through the night! Fever, cramps the whole lot. Frantic crossing of the legs to stop me wiping, even with cottonwool and tea, as the bum is raw from the acid. I put Multipeol on at every change, and already this morning it is improved. No more screaming when cleaning!

    February 4, 2011 at 1:05 pm
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