It's a virus, of course, we pretty much figured that even before the doctor at outpatients said so, but what really clinched her visit was the stink.
Sick butt has to be the worst smell in the world.
It started last weekend - went from hmmm to I think R is poorly to Jesus what's that smell?! to B and I Rock-Paper-Scissor-ing for diaper duty.
Five days, different food each day, and the same eye-watering odor every time.
My horrified thought was a parasite. With B and I both working around sick people and R's regular exposure to other kids and her propensity to suck her thumb...well, there isn't enough hand sanitizer in the world to keep one or the other of us from bringing home a stray bug or two.
Side Advice: Don't ever, ever Google anything when you don't know exactly what you're looking for.
Searches for things like: diarrhea and smells the same for five days or toddler poop smells bad for five days pop up all sorts of things that are not helpful. One paper suggested neutering - Bear was very concerned until I clicked back to the beginning of the article to discover it was talking about Beagles, not small stinky kids.
So off she went this morning to outpatients*. Filled a few diapers in the waiting room, but stayed dry and happy while the new doctor examined her. I was laying out my concerns and getting the you-know-it's-a-virus-nods while he checked her ears and eyes and listened to her heart, (while R flirted and didn't act sickly at all) and was just about finished (Carefree! Look! She's not even ill! Tickle tickle, little girl!) when he palpated her bowel and Rosey...well, tooted.
You would have thought I goosed him. His eyes watering (and breathing shallowly through his mouth) the doctor rocketed back on his stool.
There! I said triumphantly. Now DO YOU SEE.
He recovered his professionalism quickly, listing things to feed her, things she could drink. Mentioning that if X and Y happened, to take her in for a re-check.
He paused after that, discreetly gulping the fresh air in the doorway.
'She could probably go to her regular doctor for that, though.'
*Our regular guy was out of the office today - they reccommended we go up and see the fellow on call.