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Formula is hard on the gut ( and no I'm not trying to be mean here at all. ) a probiotic like acidophylous can help with digestion and will kill the bad bacteria's caused by the formula and any other problems. Gut problems actually cause issues throughout the whole body not just in the gut. Acidophylous will kill off the bad bacterias and help build up the good ones.
We have wicked gut issues here and I breastfeed so I hope you can take what I am saying as just honest helping adse and not as a taunt or anything like that.
Davey is an older baby, so I am not sure if it really is the formula, BUT, I have used the acidopholis for my 4th baby, when she was 6 months (adjusted age, she was a preemie) and it worked like a charm. Google it and then maybe go to a health food store, do your own research, but I had diareah problems with my Hailey, and within no time she was all better, and did not have a problem since.
(now wait a minute, was that a "crunchy" thing I did? LOL)
Crunchy, I didn't take your advice as taunting at all.
I think what is happening though, is that Davey is weaning himself off of formula (which has the iron that he needs). And is eating solids. BUT when we went to WIC today, he got a finger prick and his iron was low.
So maybe that is causing it? I figure too much iron can cause constipation, maybe not enough can cause soft stools. He doesn't ACT sick or anything, so IDK. That was my theory after thinking about his low iron for a while.
I'm a bad mommy and kinda left the rice cereal behind, but we're starting to give him some everyday now, as suggested by the WIC nutritionist, since it has iron in it as well. And he eats lots of cheerios, and DUH, I looked at the box today, high in fiber. So I think there might be a few things contributing to it.
She agreed that it was most likely NOT the formula, he's almost a year old and would have had a reaction to it sooner (in most cases). She said the Dr. has to cover his bases and at least recommend/try the lactose free stuff. But I am doubting that will help.
And D will NOT drink the prosobee anyway.
I'm waiting to see if his poop is any more solid after having some rice cereal today.
Formula wise you can also try Enfamil Nutramigen. It smells god awful (similar to soy), but it is made from a meat protein I believe. My son had constant diarreah and vomiting for the first 3-4 months, and when we switched him to Nutramigen (yes, after trying soy, lactofree, and anything else we could find) he had no more problems. He's 4 1/2 now and he isn't allergic to anything, so don't know what the problem was, but it was a miracle formula for us (and I had a few friends who were in similar situations, tried it and had the same success). Now, 4 years ago the stuff was horribly expensive, $20 PER CAN but it worked and WIC covered it as long as the doc wrote an RX every couple of months.
Also though, does he go to daycare or quite a few play groups? He could simply be picking up viruses there. When my son started daycare and preschool last year he had a fever of 101-104 and various other symptoms off and on every 2-3 weeks and they lasted a good 5-10 days...drove me nuts. But now he seems to be doing MUCH better and hasn't been sick in 3 months. He may just be building up immunities to different things, and if that's the case, better now while he's young than when he's older and in school.