Re: Constipation in 5yr old after c-diff
I'm not sure if the same treatments are used for children as adults, but I wanted to tell you about my experience when I had Clostridium difficile about a year ago.
I was have extreme, uncontrollable diarrhea (I also have IBS) that included having two episodes in public (not bad) and several at night while asleep. I went to my GI doctor who I have seen for several years for my IBS. He did a colonoscopy and took a culture, which came back positive for C. diff. He then put me on the medication Vancomycin, which is one of the two used to treat this condition. The other being Flagyl. A 10 day course of Vancomycin costs approximately $1,200 retail. Over the period of a couple months, I was on four seperate courses of this medication. Vancomycin is the preferred method of treatment over Flagyl, in difficult cases.
When we were unable to clear up the bacteria with the medication, my doctor did what is called a fecal transfer. Although not approved in the US and considered an experimental procedure, he has done several of them. In Europe, I understand, it is done frequently. My wife was the donor, and they took her stool speciman and put it in a cone like apperatus and poured saline over it. The liquid that was recovered was then used in the procedure. It contained her "good bacteria" and during a colonoscopy he inserted some of the liquid (sorry, I don't know how much) about every 10 cm. This treatment cleared up my C. diff and today I take Florastor Probiotic, 500 mg per day. I also eat yogurt. Recently, I have began using Metamucil, twice a day for the fiber.
I hope I have helped you in some way. I would imagine a lot of GI doctors don't know about this procedure in the US, but there is information on it on Net. Good luck with your daughter. I hope you can find a doctor who is willing to help you.
Last edited by RetiredDirector; 07-28-2006 at 07:26 PM.