I was reading the c-diff posting. I would like to share my son's story so that maybe others could help to find what causes symptoms in babies.
Born Nov. 5 2007. Normal weight. Never on antibiotics before c-diff symptoms. Breast fed 5 days, not satisfied, changed to bottles of soy formula. Severe constipation at 2 weeks old, then severe diarrhea for a week. Changed to sensitive formula. Started screaming fits at 4 weeks with possible abdominal pains. Doctor visit at 5 weeks for bloody, mucousy stool. Changed to hypoallergenic formula which he stayed on throughout infancy. Finally hospitalized because of fever at 6 weeks.
My son was diagnosed with an intestinal bacterial infection...c-diff when he was only 6 weeks old (Dec. 22, 2007). He displayed the tell tale symptoms; blood tinged, mucousy stool, fever, agonizing abdominal pains lasting several minutes to hours, and a slight rash on his face and torso. He had watery stools about 25-35 times a day accompanied by a very foul, sour odor. His pediatrician hospitalized him because of the fever. His blood and stool were tested at the hospital. Everything came back negative except c-diff. After a consultation with a gastrointestinal specialist, my son was treated with compounded Vancomyacin and released after 4 days. His 1st Christmas was in the hospital. Since he was passing the mucousy stools every few minutes, we had to constantly keep ointments on his butt. His skin was blistered and bled even though we were quick to change his diapers.
At 2 months old, he had the same symptoms. He was evaluated and released from our local hospital. We took him to Arnold Palmer Children's Hospital but they could not do anything because the symptoms had subsided. We were referred to a GI doctor. He told us that it was probably just a fluke thing and that our baby should be fine. He treated him with Flagyl for 3 weeks.
At 4 months old, he was hospitalized for the same symptoms but this time he was also vomiting. His GI suspected he had a virus and c-diff at the same time. Again he was treated with Flagyl, but for 8 weeks.
We changed GI doctors to get a second opinion. We were still given no explaination as to why he got these "fluke" symptoms in the first place. At 9 months he started displaying the same symptoms, but he actually had salmonella. No doctor is able to tell us how he might have come in contact with the salmonella either. If anyone has any answers to the cause of symptomatic c-diff in babies, please respond to my post. My son is 11 months now and we pray he will never get c-diff symptoms again.