Well, there's some behavioural isses too.
As soon as he has a poopy diaper he often gets out of controll, displays VERY annoying/naughty behaviour. It's often by that type of sudden, more intense, behaviour that I just KNOW he 'did' something even before I get the smell
I can imagine that this is still 'normal' in the sense that no-one would be happy running around in a poopy diaper :-). And related to his already 'strongwilled' character, it makes him super intense.
But I find he has overall behavioural 'issues' too.
He's been a pretty easygoing baby but he had reflux issues the first 4 months and he would wake very easily, and we've had recurring periods of night waking untill he was about 2 years old. Now he often still wakes once to join us in the middle of night. But that may not be related.
He has a very intense, strongwilled character, frequent tantrums, is always into something, not very long attention span (except cfr. tv and sometimes while looking at books), also some destructive/'contrary' behaviour, and there's a lot of sibling conflict between him and his now almost 5y old brother (I blame both for that lol).
Both this and the frequent bowel movements got me thinking.
He also loves bananas, some days would eat 3-4 and it wouldn't even give him constipation -lol.
He loves bread, crackers, muesli, cereals, in milk, pancakes, cheese, you name it. Cutting gluten and/or dairy would basically mean cutting half of his regular diet. Which may be effective regarding body functions but very well may not be. And may be source for new/other/more behavioural issues as apposed to less.
So I just don't know ho tow start/try a diet exclusive of gluten and/or dairy. It's all so much part of his and my own diet, and where we live (Turkey) you do not have the kind of alternatives which you may find in Europe or US. And we more or less went a consensual way in this house, ESPECIALLY on foods, which the kids choose or choose not to eat. And I basically let him pick his own food out of the fridge/bread box (with some help when needed). He likes so much to be in control of his own wishes/needs/food intake. I'm afraid that trying to control this will may make matters more explosive, while the freedom regarding food has been bringng more peace or at least less power struggle in our home.
So I'm struggling with IF and HOW to offer a limited diet.
I'm still open for creative suggestions.
As for the probiotics, do you mean the yoghurt type? Btw he likes to eat pickles too :-).