Musings of a Marfan Mom

What Goes In…

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…must come out. (Alternatively titled: When you shouldn’t call the pediatrician)

Every mom has been through having a constipated baby. There’s no way to sugar coat that. At the suggestion of my BabyCenter email (you know you’re a mom not when you find a photo essay on normal vs. abnormal baby poo to be interesting, but when you can read it while eating a bean burrito), I called Menininho’s pediatrician to see what to do about it.

The nurse and I talked for a few minutes and she recommended I buy a glycerin suppository (about $8) to use twice and then give Menininho 1-2 ounces of prune/pear/peach juice (5 for $4) every day for a few days to keep him regular. I bought the juice but the pharmacy was all out of the suppositories.

Thank goodness.

After Menininho’s dinnertime bottle I gave him 2 ounces of apple/prune juice and it seemed to nip the problem in the bud.

Flash forward to this morning.

I’ll spare you the details and just say the damage was…extensive. I stripped Menininho to his diaper and carried him into my bathroom to give him a bath.

This would have been easy, except for the GIANT SPIDER IN THE BATHTUB.

Killing the spider would have been easy if my husband hadn’t moved the spider killing spray outside.

Instead, I grabbed the only chemical I could find: Scrubbin’ Bubbles Shower Cleaner. By the time I drowned that nasty creature, I was getting a headache from the fumes.

I moved Menininho to the living room while I filled the sink in the other bathroom. Once he was bathed, I realized his diaper had leaked all over the living room carpet. I left him wrapped in his towel while I treated that with carpet cleaner.

No sooner was that cleaned, and Menininho dressed, diapered, and fed, then he spit up all over himself.

In summation, try the juice before the suppository and definitely only mix the two as a last resort. I can’t imagine how much worse the morning would be if we’d listened to the nurse.

The day can only go up from here, right?

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3 Comments

  1. Poor dude!

    (But no, I’ve never had a constipated baby.)

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  2. Hi there!

    I was just checking my mail, and as I am also a member of the Marfan list I found your blogg! Its so nice, and very refreshing! I love hearing your stories about your son and yourself ( I must confess that I have only just read a few!) but it feels lovely to “hear” from someone else who has this syndrome too. The list is ok, but this is far more “human” if you know what I mean! Thanks for doing it, and I shall try my best to read it everyday!

    Lots of love Gillian mellström from Sweden. xxxx

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  3. Thanks, Gillian! I definitely recognize you from the list. :-)

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