Yes, this one's about poop. What goes in must come out. And this kid eats A LOT. I mean in one day, sometimes in one meal, he eats more than most kids eat in a week. I've known for a long time that Kaiden's body doesn't digest food properly, which is part of the reason he eats so much. At our last doctor's visit, we finally found some bromelain-free digestive enzymes . . . and we are FINALLY back to solid poop! This excites me to no end!
Yes, I am excited by solid poop. Why? Well, Kaiden's 4 and is still in diapers. He knows when he needs a clean diaper and can tell me when he wants a diaper change, but he cannot yet tell me he needs to go. Well, he probably tries, but being non-verbal I'm sure I miss some cues. The great thing about cloth diapers is that the dirty ones smell less than dirty disposables. The less-than-solid poop he'd been having was pretty foul, even in cloth. This new solid stuff, I can hardly smell it. If I'm not right next to the kid when he does it, I have no idea that he's pooped until I go to check his diaper! And the best part . . . messy pooped on cloth diapers sometimes (okay, most of the time) require a diaper sprayer and that can get even more messy. Solid stuff just rolls right off. So much easier!
Solid poop also means that Kaiden eats less. Not a whole lot less, but less, because he's getting more out of what he eats. If he eats this much now, I don't even want to know how much he'll eat as a teenager. He'll probably skeletonize a few cows per week!
Weight update - in the last 3 months with the change in amino acid supplements (see last post) he has gained 0.2 pounds - not a whole lot, but it's at least something. I'm hoping he'll do even better now that his poop is so much better. Let me tell you how sick I am of people assuming I'm starving the poor child because he is so tiny. And of course they are full of unhealthy suggestions, none of which I will consider following because those suggestions are NOT healthy options. Stop the SAD, people. It's not good for you!