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The majority (almost 80%) recovers with one to two rounds of Flagyl or Vancocin, but an unlucky small percentage does not and can suffer for months. Everyone eventually recovers, however, unless other factors are involved such as advanced age or severe health problems. There are new treatments “out there” now such as infusions and the new drug Dificid.
If antibiotics contributed to your c diff, be careful about taking them again. (See CDI - Antibiotics). Some people can tolerate them without a problem; some develop c diff again. (See Dr. Borody's article).
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I'm so sorry that your son is goint through this. We have had quite a few children that have had c diff. It might be a good idea for you to pm one of the parents. You can do a search for these posts. But, from what other parents have posted, it seems that vanco is more easily tolerated by children and has fewer side effects. If you feel that the Flagyl did not do the trick, I would ask your doctor to reconsider and give your son the liquid vanco. There might be a good reason that she is holding off, but I would speak to her.
I don't know about the colonoscopy. Some children have had it, others have not and have gotten better despite not having it. Some have needed several rounds of medication and a couple have even had fecal transfers. If you go on the search mode, you can find these cases and contact the parents.
How long has your son been on the second round of Flagyl? If the fever continues, it would seem prudent to switch meds, unless he has something else going on at the same time - flu? ear infection?
I would not worry too much about your 10 month old. Babies often have c diff as part of their flora and it does not give symptoms. Unless there are symptoms, I would not do it, but ask the doctor.
Your 60 year old mother should be very careful to wash her hands a lot and not change diapers without gloves on. Unless she starts having symptoms, I don't see the point of testing either. My husband never got c diff from me and he used my same bathroom. Good hygiene is key here though. Explain to your mom how important it is.
Check in the "doctors" section for doctors in the Chicago area. I don't know of a pediatric GI specifically, but I would call a teaching hospital - perhaps one connected with a university, and ask.
I would be careful about using the grapefruit seed oil and the oil of oregano. Those can be harsh and I don't know what effects they can have on children. Try children's probiotics - I just saw Florastor for kids and there are other ones that are not yeast based like Culturelle, VSL#3 and others. A good vitamin shop or health food store would carry them. You don't want to use all of these things at once because if he has D or other symptoms, you won't know what is causing what. I would try the Flagyl for another day and if he is no better, contact the doctor for sure. I would also continue with the probiotics. But, be aware that probiotics don't agree with everytone. I am one of those people. I can only take a small amount or I get cramping, tons of gas, and usually D.