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My 3yr old DS has always had loose stools. Someone told me to check out lactose intolerance, but he doesn't have problems with gas or other syptoms mentioned. He's never complained of a stomach ache.
Any ideas? It's not really a problem by itself, I just don't want to ignore a symptom of something bigger.

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It's VERY unlikely for a child that young to be lactose intolerant.

That's well within the range of normal human nursing and human milk is full of lactose.

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It definately didn't sound right to me either, but is there anything else I should be worried about? I've been waiting for him to outgrow it. Should I just keep waiting?

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Is he still nursing?

And

How loose is loose?

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How soft, and how many BMs a day is he having?

The most common cause for toddler's diarrhea is actually fructose . . . does he eat a lot of fruit? Apples and pears are the fruits with the highest ratio of fructose to glucose, and the most likely to cause diarrhea. You might want to try cutting down on sugars and fruit juices (especially apple and pear) and see if that makes a difference or not. Even if he doesn't have an actual fructose intolerance, sugars tend to draw water to the bowels and can cause loose stools. At least, that's what my daughter's GI specialist told me.
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It's possible that your child is intolerant to dairy. If he's intolerant to dairy it's likely to be an intolerance to casein or whey, not lactose. Mama's milk has lactose in it and most babies and toddlers have no problem with lactose. Lactose intolerance is something that is likely to be developed later in life since humans aren't designed to consume dairy into adulthood. Intolerance to dairy (cow's milk) is very common for babies and toddlers. Humans are not designed to drink milk from another species. Some can tolerate it just fine while others can not. My ped calls my daughter's dairy intolerance "lactose intolerance" and it drives me nuts. It's a very common misconcepton.

I also wonder how loose the stools are and how many he has a day.
It could be dairy but the PP who mentioned fructose could also be right. It could also be from corn syrup (which is in everything) or from soy or from something else or it could just be normal for him. Dairy is a pretty common culprit so if they are really loose and frequent I'd start there.

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