My DD will be 3 in December. She has always had unformed, disgusting mush for poop. (I will be more graphic in describing her poop if needed!) This is normal for babies and toddlers, of course, for quite a long time. Up until she was 2 her pediatrician wasn't concerned. But after 2 apparently this isn't normal. Right?
My DH and I would like to figure out what's causing her poop problems and hopefully fix it. Here's the background:
- Parasites: We had her poop tested a couple months ago and it's fine. No bugs in her guts.
- Dairy/juice: Ped asked us to cut out dairy and juice for two weeks and see if that fixed it. Nope. Not that she eats much of this anyway! Juice is only a special treat, she drinks milk a few times a week (lactose-free), eats cheese a few times a week, and that's generally it (other than the little amounts in stuff like bread, etc). (I don't eat dairy so I don't cook with it.)
- Constipating foods: Yes, she eats bananas daily (sometimes two a day) and usually either rice or pasta daily. This doesn't result in solid poop.
- High fiber foods: She does eat a lot of high fiber foods: oatmeal, broccoli, green beans, chickpeas, 100% whole wheat bread, brown rice. She's a quite healthy eater.
- Fruit: She eats a lot of fruit too. Mostly bananas and apples. Also peaches, oranges, grapes, strawberries, etc. I do notice that her poop seems slightly more disgusting than usual if she eats a whole lot of peaches or grapes, but it's a slight difference. And cutting those out doesn't solve the problem.
- Probiotics: She's not taking any right now, but for a long, long time she took probiotics daily. It never helped the poop (other stuff, yes, but not poop).
What are some other causes of the poop problem that we should look into? My only other idea is to cut out gluten, but I'm wondering if there are other conditions I should look into as well, or other things I should try first.