DS has his liquids thickened because he aspirates thin liquids. They have always given him diarrhea, both the corn based ones and xanthan gum based ones. For a long time, the diarrhea wasn't bad, just once a day. Over the past two weeks it has escalated, now it's several times a day to the point I'm worried about dehydration. We know it's the thickeners because we took him off and the stools went back to normal. But he aspirates, so he needs thickeners! His ability to eat solids is very limited so he relies a lot on liquids for calories and nutrition.
I'm contacting his doctor and swallowing specialist tomorrow, but given how close we are to the holiday weekend I'm afraid we might not be able to resolve this with them until next week (and they've never had much advice, just expressed surprised that both types of thickeners loosened his stools).
So I'm wondering if any of you have any suggestions for how we can keep him hydrated and nourished safely, if you know of other things we can thicken with besides Thick-It and Simply Thick? I've tried mixing his milk with yogurt and that was OK, but he didn't drink much of it.