Re: Please Describe This For Me
My son was diagnosed at birth and was started on enzymes right away so he never really had the chance to malabsorb his food. On occasion he has had some oily stools. Its like the oil seeps into the diaper lining and you can see oily spots on and through the diaper. When I wipe him, instead of having to rub the poo off, (TMI sorry) it wipes off very easily and you can see oil/grease on the wipe as well. The poo looks sort of shiny. I don't know how else to describe it, sorry. Also, my son was formula fed but I imagine that breastfed babies' poo would still smell bad if they are malabsorbing. Does your baby have large amounts/more frequent stools? Does he seem to have a lot of gas and abdominal distention? Do your lips taste salty after you kiss him?
What kind of testing are they talking about doing? Sweat test or blood test? If you do the sweat test it is important that you have it done at an accredited CF facility where they know how to properly administer the test. I don't have personal experience with the sweat test but I have heard that there can be false negatives but not false positives. If it is a blood test, they might start with the most common gene panel, but there are something like 1300 known CF mutations, which require a more extensive test.
Anyway, hope this helped you some. Any more questions, feel free to ask.