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I provide childcare for several infants and toddlers. I have one child that missed Monday because he had loose stools. He came Tuesday and one stool was semi-solid and the second was pure liquid. His BM later that evening at home was semi-solid. He just came and left because his BM was discolored and loose and SMELLED TO HIGH HEAVEN. The mom says she called the nurse line and they said it could be either he is teething or it is a virus. (I Googled it, some kids have loose stools for weeks when teething). I suggested she take a sample to the doctor to get it tested to see if it is a virus and she said it wasn't worth the co-pay. I tried to explain to her that it was, because if it IS a virus, all the kids here are being exposed - but if it's just teething, he can come. There is this stomach virus going around.
What would be the best thing for the kids? It's extra hard because she's my neighbor and my friend...but I don't want to get the other kids sick or keep cleaning my house like it's a virus.
Answer by jerseydiva at 9:20 AM on Feb. 6, 2013
Answer by jerseydiva at 9:26 AM on Feb. 6, 2013
Yes teething can cause loose stools but it doesn't smell. That is a virus. She needs to take the baby to the doctor.
Answer by booklover545 at 9:30 AM on Feb. 6, 2013
Answer by jerseydiva at 9:31 AM on Feb. 6, 2013
Answer by kmath at 11:00 AM on Feb. 6, 2013
Answer by PartyGalAnne at 2:23 PM on Feb. 6, 2013