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#1 of 5 Old 09-18-2009, 06:03 PM - Thread Starter
 
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My 2.5 year old has been having runny poos for the last 3 weeks. I took her in on Monday to the pediatrician and they ran a full stool workup - which I havent heard back on - and they told me to cut down on milk. I researched and read that stomach bugs can sometimes produce a temporary lactose intolerant but she hasnt had any symptoms of a stomach bug at all.

To be kind of graphic - she will go 3-4x a day (sometimes skipping a day) and they are usually the color of breastfed baby poo but smell a lot worse. At one point last week I noticed her belly was distended and when I listened to her bowel sounds (I'm a non-working RN right now so i have a stethescope) she has hyperactive bowel sounds. That is when I finally decided to bring her in to the doc.

I'm not sure if it is related to lactose intolerance because she doesnt seem to get nauseous and she hasnt vomited. She still want to drink milk I just havent let her as much.

Also another side question - what should I give her to drink instead? I tried giving her Lactaid but she doesnt like it and I dont want to give her soy because of its estrogenic properties. She's a very picky eater (i.e. no veggies) so I'm worried about her nutrition.

Any idea what might be going on? And any ideas on improving her diet?
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Has she had any other symptoms over the years - colic? rashes? eczema?

Rice milk, hemp milk, coconut milk, smoothies full of fruit, water are all other choices of beverages. We don't do soy either.

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Has she had any other symptoms over the years - colic? rashes? eczema?

Rice milk, hemp milk, coconut milk, smoothies full of fruit, water are all other choices of beverages. We don't do soy either.
She has no other symptoms of allergies. She's the healthiest kid I know. She's only gotten one serious cold at 12 months and a slight virus at 6 months. Otherwise nothing. That is another reason this is so weird.
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From what I've read, lactose intolerance in kids this young isn't common (unless, like you said, after an illness) unless they have a congenital deficiency.

There is something doctors call 'nonspecific toddler diarrhea' in kids under three (which probably just means they can't pinpoint the cause.)

Did she increase fruit or fruit juice intake recently (fructose/sorbitol) - any other recent dietary changes?

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From what I've read, lactose intolerance in kids this young isn't common (unless, like you said, after an illness) unless they have a congenital deficiency.

There is something doctors call 'nonspecific toddler diarrhea' in kids under three (which probably just means they can't pinpoint the cause.)

Did she increase fruit or fruit juice intake recently (fructose/sorbitol) - any other recent dietary changes?
I dont give her a lot of fruit juice. Though I keep fruits on hand for her to snack on as IMO they seem better then her snacking on crackers or other processed carbs. I have always let her do this though. I have not significantly changed her diet in anyway.

I am starting to think it might be a bacterial or viral thing because (TMI) I have been having a few "runs" myself though it doesnt seem to be as much as hers. I think milk might make it worse but I dont think its the cause anymore. Guess I'll just have to wait until the labs come back.
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