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Long story short... Ebf 6 month old DD had rotavirus in Feb and ever since then she's had constant loose, green stools. I had already removed dairy from my diet. I removed soy and then egg as well based on the occurrence of the green poos. Thanks to the suggestion of a poster here, I started her on probiotics a week and a half ago. The crazy poops immediately slowed down and started turning a more normal color, but then the bright green poops started showing up in the afternoons/evenings again. I thought maybe it was gluten because it seemed to coincide with days I had cereal with gluten in it as well as sandwiches for lunch, so I've been gluten free for about 5 days now. I have not seen a bright green poop since then. However, a couple times a day she has a darker green/brown, greasy looking poo. First thing in the morning and later in the afternoon. I can't figure out what this could be related to, or if it's just what's happening as the probiotic does it's job? She has a couple nice light brown/yellow poos with no mucous in them throughout the day in between. I am stumped, what more can I add to my list? Should I just remove all 8 top allergens? I've been eating peanut butter for protein, I've been dropping weight pretty quickly from such a limited diet, we also eat the mixed veggie steamers that have corn in it quite frequently. Or is there a chance it's not actually food related? Teething?
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Hmm... I read your post so I want to respond, but I'm not sure what to say!

If you noticed your little one reacting via breastmilk, chances are you may have a bit of a leaky gut, so eliminating gluten could definitely help that (along with any other things you've been eating a lot of). Are you taking any probiotics?

I know it is easier said than done, simply because I will now say it but I'm not doing it: You could try keeping a food/symptom journal for a while to see if it might be something you're consuming on a regular basis. Or you could try rotating foods. It seems like you already have a pretty good idea though!

I had IgG testing (ELISA through a naturopath) done for myself to figure out what I was reacting to, and that helped my son. Now that we've started him on solids (slowly), we usually see more obvious reactions to other additional foods.

I'm glad things are getting better!
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Until I began browsing this board I had no idea that the problem could stem from my own leaky gut, but I've seen it mentioned here more than once. I've never had any noticeable symptoms, tummy troubles, etc, so that came as a surprise to me.

Does this mean that she might not actually have sensitivities to these foods once she starts solids? Or does this mean that because I had/have a leaky gut she's now going to struggle with food sensitivities after she starts weaning? I feel very out of my league when it comes to this whole topic, and my normal reaction would be to read books and look information up, but I'm in the last two weeks of a hectic semester of school and there is no way I can siphon off any more time from school projects. I don't want to wait that long to solve her tummy troubles though.
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Hmm...I'm relatively new to the whole leaky gut/allergens/sensitivities cycle myself, and I'm sure someone else here can help answer this better but I'll give it a whirl.

The long and the short of it is this: a leaky gut can be caused by eating crappy food, not properly prepared for digestibility, and/or allergens in your diet. Some people experience tummy troubles with it. For others, an allergic or sensitive babe IS the symptom. Working to heal your own gut may help heal your babe's allergies. NOT working to heal your guts may lead to more allergies, as a leaky gut is susceptible to developing new allergens.

The "Cow's Milk, Gluten, Corn, and Soy" thread that has been floating around has some good info about why those top 4 are the main cause of allergies and how removing them is the first step in healing.

Reading that thread has made me certain I should give up corn as well as the other three.
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After dd had rotavirus at 5mo, the ped GI basically said that it can create leaky gut all on its own, and that can be the cause of the green/mucous even months later. I interpreted that to mean we should hold off on solids until the poop normalized again.

At the time, we were just beginning to eliminate foods for sensitivities, I had a formilk/hindmilk imbalance I didn't know about, and we had some long standing nutrient deficiencies (causing my invisible leaky gut and dd's reactions) that were about to get way worse on our variations of elimination diets. If you don't know where to start figuring out what nutrients to look at, we can help.

I would also seriously consider adding gluten to the elimination list, though - the idea of celiac disease scares me and gluten happens to be my dd's biggest trigger.
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