Fair warning. This post may get a little gross. But I've come to realize that is one thing motherhood is... gross. Yes, there are those beautiful moments of cradling your sleeping child and feeling like everything in the world is right. Then, there are the times you're cleaning poop out of your bed. Today, we're talking about the latter.
We are currently on day six of my toddler, Carolyn's, first real stomach bug. Thankfully we have had no vomiting (fingers crossed it stays that way). However, I've been up to my elbows in the nastiest poop with which I've had the pleasure of coming in contact. I keep expecting it to pass, and I haven't been super concerned because she shows no signs of dehydration. Besides the occasional crankiness, she's mostly been her normal self. But I've reached the point where I feel I need to do something to help.
Google is my number one mommy tool. Unfortunately I got a ton of conflicting information on toddler tummy troubles. The most recurring advice was to follow the B.R.A.T. diet for them. That stands for bananas, rice, applesauce and toast. Supposedly these are easiest for an upset stomach to digest. Then, I read that this diet is too restrictive and that there's not a lot of evidence that it helps at all. In fact, it is better to try to give your kid a more rounded diet to keep them well fed, making it easier for them to recover from the illness.
The other thing that kept coming up was teething. It's common knowledge among mommies, and some health websites confirm that teething causes diarrhea. Again, I found conflicting information on this too! The theory was that the excess saliva from teething causes upset stomach, but then read there are no real studies confirming this or showing a correlation between teething and diarrhea.
So, what's a mommy to do? Well I've decided to kind of combine all this into a pretty simple strategy. First, I'll keep pushing the fluids on her. We are still breastfeeding, so she is getting plenty of milk. Plus, she absolutely loves water and is drinking plenty of that. Then I've come up with this smoothie concoction that includes some of the B.R.A.T. foods, probiotics and some supplemental nutrition. Of course, if your kid is sick, don't just take my advice but call your pediatrician please! :)
I just started giving it to her today, so not sure how effective yet, but it can't hurt! I also must say, she loved it! She sucked about six ounces down in five minutes!
Honestly, I totally eyeballed the ingredients, but I will try to give you an idea of measurements as well as why I chose each ingredient. Once you have your ingredients, just throw them in the blender and liquefy!
1 Banana - This is recommended as part of the B.R.A.T. diet
1/2 cup organic vanilla greek yogurt - You could really use any kind of yogurt you like, but this is our favorite. I added this because she loves yogurt and because it contains probiotics to help with digestion.
1/2 cup applesauce - Another food recommended in the B.R.A.T. diet
1/2 cup of white grape juice - I saw this recommended as an alternative to sports drinks or pedialyte to help with hydration.
1 tbsp Green Vibrance - There are a ton of different products you can use like this, but this is the brand I like and have been using for years. It's basically green drink in a powder, lots of superfoods in powder form. I add this to give her a little extra something in her diet.