My DS is two and has multiple food intolerances. He holds his poop for a week or more at a time and/or is constipated. He has been impacted in the past (which cleared). I'm worried about what this is doing to him long term.
At about 3 months old DS started having musousy poops, occasionally streaked with blood. Asked pedi at the time what to do, he said it was normal. Mucous persists, I halfheartedly try eliminating a few foods to see if there is improvement, and see some, but the mucous persists. I call the pedi again, and he said that food allergies are really rare, it's nothing.
We moved and I got a new pedi, this one recommends cutting out dairy, which I did, and I did see a lot of improvement, but it still wasn't "right". DS is now 6 months old and his poop is now more like diarrhea and he still poops 6 times per day. I was still avoiding dairy, and started cutting out soy and gluten. BAM! All of a sudden huge improvement. His poops become more solid, he is able to sleep for a couple hours at a time at night....wonderful.
But then by about 8 months things start going down hill on the other direction....his poops slow down until they are only coming every couple of days. It seems to bother him while pooping. He still isn't sleeping great, and I wonder if his moods swings aren't due to discomfort. I don't really know what to do from here, and things don't really change. DS is not eating solids at this point, besides just playing occasionally.
When DS was around 1 I took an IgG allergy test (recommended by the family doctor) since I figure the issue is something I am passing on to him. Things that came up on the test were garlic and yeast, along with a couple of other low reactive foods...so not a huge help. I eliminate garlic and notice a huge improvement with my own GI system, and after a few months of experimenting I came to the conclusion that the reason I was reactive to garlic was that it was causing a severe die off reaction.
So for that early spring into summer I worked on fixing the yeast problem I had. DS is 18 months old by the time things are under control. I am also trying to get probiotics into DS, but he's still not really eating much, so it's hard to do. At this point I try reintroducing the dairy and wheat into my diet. I didn't add soy back in intentionally, but I wasn't reading labels for it either. At first most symptoms don't appear. DS actually is pooping more, although it seems to also bother him to poo. Then his sleep gets more disturbed. And things deteriorate a bit, so I slowly remove the trigger foods again. I also realize DS is sensitive to corn and many corn derived products. We go Paleo while still keeping GAPS philosophies in mind. DS is eating more, but is only pooping once per week still.
While sticking to a strictish Paleo type diet, I feel amazing. And DS begins eating some snacks. I eat a lot of broth and fresh foods. DS's behavior improves as well as sleeping...but we are very low on carbs. DS still only pooping once per week. My weight continues to plummet, and I am at the point where I am getting lethargic. So I add in some rice. DS responds beautifully and begins devouring a huge dinner every night, which allows him a 4-6 hour stretch of sleep every night (amazing!!). That induced ovulation and I immediately become pregnant.
The pregnancy lets me know just how low we have been on carbs, and I begin devouring everything around me, including dairy (which I craved like crazy), and wheat. I still avoided the soy and corn as much as possible. DS sensed the pregnancy and began eating 3-4 meals per day plus snacks. This caused him to start pooping every couple of days instead of the once per week if he was lucky. But again, it started to burn his butt, his behavioral symptoms came back, and his sleep sucked again, and he has been sick almost constantly since I became pregnant 3 months ago.
I did manage to get the diet back on track, and as soon as that happened, he went back to pooping once per week...it bothers him to go. He is scared of diaper changes because it hurts. He is afraid to use the potty instead. I think that he is holding his poop. Friday he did a poop so big it literally wouldn't fit down the toilet. I feel terrible!
The doctor said that the constipation is likely caused by a food intolerance, and it will improve upon removing the food. Things like mirilax contain ingredients that make DS sick, so I can "get" him to go with it (only after forcing it down his throat), but it doesn't reinforce the pooping doesn't hurt idea that it's meant to, because it does hurt him when it comes out. (he wimpers in my lap, which he does NOT do when he is constipated).
Right now the only dairy we eat is butter (should I stop it? when introducing/eliminating dairy over the span of things, butter doesn't *seem* to be an issue) We don't eat wheat. We don't eat soy. We don't eat corn or most corn derived things that I have been able to identify, but I'm SURE that it's lingering in some of our stuff that I am unaware of (could this be causing the lingering symptoms?). We take a daily probiotic. I eat fermented foods and DS will eat them when he's in the mood. We had been taking FCLO, but neither one of us is able to stomach it at this moment. What else can I be doing?
Please give me some ideas on how to make this better ...and Thank You for anyone who has read through this!