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So: 1) This tells me that things aren't moving through her gut at warp speed, otherwise those lentils would have been gone in yesterday's super giant (also loose) poop.
2) How on earth does a lentil go through an entire digestive system, for 20 hours, without being digested?! They were very well cooked. You could mush them between your tongue and the roof of your mouth and they would disintegrate. I mean, 20 hours- shouldn't there be at least ONE part of her digestive track that is actually doing something? Even if her stomach acid is low, there should be other enzymes and things in different areas breaking things down.... I just don't get it.
eta: DD has gained almost an inch in height and lost almost 2 pounds in the last 2 months, so obviously this is a big issue, she's not absorbing nutrients.
When we were first dealing with this, it was zinc and digestive enzymes that helped (particularly cellulase digesting enzymes to handle the fiber). Some things (like cooked carrots, of all weird things) never digested properly. Interesting though, I think the probiotics might be helping with that.
I've also found that pre-processing food matters. If I feed DS whole dried cranberries, they come out whole. If I cut them in half, they get completely digested. Same with grapes, although sometimes the skins still show up. And with beans - mash them with a fork and they digest, leave them whole and they don't. So I think the external "barriers" - skins, etc are a big issue for him. We'll see if the probiotics helped with that, I haven't fed him fruit in several days.
Are you sure they're actually getting digested, or is it that you just can't see them in the poop because they're mashed up? That's where I'm getting stuck right now. I'm afraid to mash or puree things, because I'm not sure that actually makes it easier to digest, or if it just makes it harder to see undigested.... if that makes any sense.
I am terrified to try digestive enzymes with her, after the severe reactions that I had to 3 different brands. I'm also scared to try probiotics after hearing that 3 people around here saw blood in the stool after giving them. I certainly can't risk anymore damage.
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