Sorry this post is a little long! Over the past two weeks or so, my 2 year old son has been having an issue with terrible smelling gas and constipation. He still moves his bowels once a day (so technically not "constipation" in its strictest sense), but his stool is suddenly harder, drier, and less frequent. He's always been *incredibly* regular--I can't remember a day when he didn't have a BM. The gas and hard stool issues are new. He's also been *very* fussy--screaming, tantruming, night waking.
Anyway, I'm baffled as to the cause. I first suspected gluten. He has a long list of food allergies and intolerances, and he has NOT been eating any dairy, soy, corn, egg, tomatoes, or green beans...or any of their derivatives. We were trialing gluten (in the form of sprouted spelt bread, one piece per day) and things seemed fine. When the fussiness/stinky gas started, we suspected gluten and immediately pulled it. He had only been eating small amounts for one month. He's had NO gluten now for two weeks, but it seems like the problem is only getting worse!! He's had so many food issues since he was tiny, and so I immediately look to blame food and pull the likely culprit. But even after pulling gluten, there's been no change.
No "new" foods. Absolutely NO processed foods--since there are absolutely none that avoid all his allergens! No dairy (the usual suspect) since he was six weeks old. He eats more fiber than any toddler I know, drinks only water and does so very frequently (doesn't seem at all dehydrated). He's not yet toilet training, and so I don't think he's "holding" it at all. I should add that, due to all of his food allergies and intolerances, he has really only begun to eat solid foods like a normal toddler--it's only been about three or four months that he's gotten the majority of his nutrition from "real" food as opposed to medical formula (Neocate Jr).
He's clearly having belly pain. He's been unbearable mood-wise, and I think it's clear (to me) that it's all caused by whatever is going on in his little body. Any suggestions, wisdom, or insight? Am not looking for medical advice, just looking for some ideas we could try at home. Too much fiber? Just a normal stage? I'm lost and frustrated with our ped's lack of concern. Searching online just yields the same old answers--too much dairy or gluten, for instance--and these don't seem to fit what's going on here??
Thanks in advance!