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C. Diff

Anyone have any experience with DD/DS having C. Diff??  We are going on 3 weeks of diarrhea and terrible diaper rash, little sleep and an unhappy little girl.  She has never been on antibiotics so we are unsure why this has happened, which makes me concerned that it will be an ongoing issue for DD.  And our pedi said they don't treat unless there is a fever and/or blood in the stool, but this is getting to be too much for us and especially for DD.  Any advice or words of wisdom will be greatly appreciated.
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  • DD did have C Diff.  But that was because of the antibiotics she was on.  But she only had it that one time.  Just try to keep with diaperless as much as possible so her bottom has plenty of time to breathe and heal.  I also used a ton of Boudreuxs butt paste.  Sorry your DD and you are dealing with this.  It sucks. 
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  • All I know is, in the hospital I work at, patients with c. Diff are in isolation rooms, similar to people with MRSA. I hope LO feels better soon
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  • C diff is extremely contagious. What do you mean they won't treat it?? That is nuts! If she has a confirmed case, id get a second opinion. My son is battling it right now and his first round of antibiotics didn't work. I'm sorry you are dealing with this, it's awful. I hope she feels better quickly.
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  • All I know is, in the hospital I work at, patients with c. Diff are in isolation rooms, similar to people with MRSA. I hope LO feels better soon
    Yea, I'm a CNA on a medical floor and I can tell you that any patient with diarrhea is immediately placed into isolation until it's ruled out. If they have it, they stay on isolation until they have a negative stool test result 3 days in a row. A patient can only be tested every 3 days, so it takes awhile to get them out of isolation.

    It is completely ridiculous that her pediatrician will not treat it. All of our patients are, blood in the stool, fever, or not. I'm sorry, but you're going to have to let your pediatrician know that it needs to be handled. One 10 day round of Flagyl and she could have been over this a week and a half ago (hopefully, but even if it didn't, you could have had two rounds completed by now and it definitely should have gone away then...).

    It is really contagious, so make sure you're all washing your hands. Oh and hand sanitizer is NOT effective when it comes to cleaning your hands when you're handling c. Diff.
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  • C diff is extremely contagious. What do you mean they won't treat it?? That is nuts! If she has a confirmed case, id get a second opinion. My son is battling it right now and his first round of antibiotics didn't work. I'm sorry you are dealing with this, it's awful. I hope she feels better quickly.
    This.  My SIL had it twice, and part of that was because she's been cultured with the bacteria because she's a doctor and working with patients who have the bacteria.  She was on antibiotics both times, even though it can be tricky finding the correct powerful antibiotic to treat it.  Like OSC said, it's extremely contagious, and they need to be treating it so it goes away and doesn't get worse.  I would most definitely get a second opinion.  I'm sorry that she's going through this, and that it clears up fast.
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  • I had c.diff after getting my gall bladder removed in the hospital and it was miserable. I second pp who mentioned getting a second opinion. I didn't tolerate flagyl well so I had to take vancomycin which helped tremendously. Also, I would start your LO on florastor (a probiotic, they make a kids version) it was recommended to me by a GI doctor and it is the best one for restoring gut flora from c.diff. Most pharmacies keep it behind the counter because people steal it. I hope your LO feels better soon. 
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  • Ugh - C.Diff. My son was diagnosed with CDiff right around the time he turned 1. The pediatrician's office tested him and diagnosed him, and put him on an antibiotic. I was a bit uncomfortable with it all, as I've had CDiff and it usually involves a great deal of time on the toilet. My son had diarrhea for several weeks, but it was only a few times a day (not sure how often your LO is going). 

    So - we gave the antibiotic and treated it as CDiff. Anything the poop touched was thrown out, we wiped his changing table with bleach every time we changed him, wore gloves, etc. 

    Long story short, we were later told by a different doctor that many kids test positive for CDiff at that age without actually having it. For some reason kids under a certain age are more likely to be colonized (test positive) without actually having it. 

    The only advice I have is if you think it's truly CDiff be careful to wipe everything down so your LO isn't reinfected. We always give probiotics with antibiotics just in case. I know you said your LO wasn't on antibiotics, but maybe probiotics would help get things back on track? Florastor is supposed to be the best to help prevent cdiff. I hope your LO feels better soon.
  • Get a second opinion! I have never seem a case of CDiff not be treated. I'm a nurse and I've seen a lot of CDiff.....


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  • Uh, having had C Diff it's miserable.  My doctor wanted me on antibiotics the second I tested positive.  Mine was from antibiotics though too.  I would demand some treatment that's ridic.
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    Most babies are colonized with C. diff as a commensal (not harmful). Eventually it is replaced with other bacteria.
    Skye412 said:

    Ugh - C.Diff. My son was diagnosed with CDiff right around the time he turned 1. The pediatrician's office tested him and diagnosed him, and put him on an antibiotic. I was a bit uncomfortable with it all, as I've had CDiff and it usually involves a great deal of time on the toilet. My son had diarrhea for several weeks, but it was only a few times a day (not sure how often your LO is going). 


    So - we gave the antibiotic and treated it as CDiff. Anything the poop touched was thrown out, we wiped his changing table with bleach every time we changed him, wore gloves, etc. 

    Long story short, we were later told by a different doctor that many kids test positive for CDiff at that age without actually having it. For some reason kids under a certain age are more likely to be colonized (test positive) without actually having it. 

    The only advice I have is if you think it's truly CDiff be careful to wipe everything down so your LO isn't reinfected. We always give probiotics with antibiotics just in case. I know you said your LO wasn't on antibiotics, but maybe probiotics would help get things back on track? Florastor is supposed to be the best to help prevent cdiff. I hope your LO feels better soon.

    The pedi that told you that was right. Most babies are colonized with C. diff as a commensal (not harmful). Eventually it is replaced with other bacteria. There are several published studies on this.

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  • Well I have given a love it to all the posts that say you should get meds for the c. Diff. I would want it to be cleared up ASAP. We took the one that starts with an F. It just made him feel so much better
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  • Add me to the list of medical workers that say you need another opinion.  We do the isolation, special cleaner etc when we have patients with this.  I hope you get some answers and solutions soon, C Diff can be a nightmare.


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  • Thanks ladies!

    We only got a positive test result a week ago, but DD had the diarrhea for 2 weeks before that, but no fever, she was eating fine, staying hydrated, so we started her on probiotics and waited. 

    The diarrhea was not getting better so we had her stool tested and got the positive result for c.diff.  I did some reading up on it and was told by our pedi that most LO under 1 do have c. diff in their gut and will test positive without actually having it  (like 2ag said), so because she had no other symptoms that they usually will not give antibiotics.  This was on Friday. 

    I called again yesterday and pedi called back after hours and left a message saying that he doesn't think that the c. diff is causing her diarrhea, so now I'm like WTF???...you didn't say that on Friday and I've been freaking out!  I'm waiting to talk to him today.  I am going to talk to another pedi - I mean if most kids will test positive without being the actual cause of her symptom then I don't want to give her antibiotics, but I don't want to not treat it and she gets even more sick.  And if it's not c. diff what is the issue?....UGH, not liking being in this position at all.
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