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Ok, so I take my dd in for a visit a few months ago as she was having<br>
diarrhea for a while. Dr says she is fine give her pedialyte and<br>
starchy foods. Ok, it stops for a bit, then returns. This cycle goes<br>
on and on and on. I finally decide to waste another 20$ so I take her<br>
in for antoher visit. The dr says she is perfectly fine and that this<br>
is called "toddler diarrhea" and it will run its course and she is<br>
fine. Now its been like six monts of this poor baby having diarrhea<br>
on and off. I do the pedialyte, give her the BRAT diet (bananas, rice<br>
applesauce and toast)and help her to rest. She has circles under her<br>
eyes even though she sleeps really well and even naps. She is getting<br>
a multi vit as well as a vit c and echinacea combo to boost her weak<br>
immune system.<br><br>
I think that there is something wrong with her, but all the docs in<br>
my area are medication happy twits. Its like ok here put the kid on<br>
med "x" and all will be fine or just let it go if she gets really<br>
sick well put her on med "x" and eventually we will find something to<br>
make it stop. Nobody bothers to seek out the root, just slap on a<br>
band aid and pay me now.<br><br>
What can I do? She is eating and playing and acting fine, but my<br>
heart is screaming that she is ill.<br><br>
Please help.
 

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sounds like an allergy. The circles under the eyes are a big sign of allergies. Possibly something she's eating when she's not on the BRAT diet. You could try reintroducing foods very carefully to see if you can target some possible culprits.<br><br>
good luck.
 

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A lot of people are actually allergic to bananas.....<br><br>
Other things to try are organic yogurt or liquid probiotics, and carob tea. Get raw carob powder (the Wild Oats here has it in the bulk section) and mix a spoonful with some hot water, a couple drops of stevia (or some honey or some sugar or nothing, carob is kind of sweet on it's own, especially with one of those sweetened anti-milks) and some milk of choice and stir it up. It adds minerals and bulk to the diet, my dd loves it. Once I had a terrible bout of food poisoning that left me unable to stop having diarrhea and carob fixed me up in one day.
 

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it prob isnt true, but i have heard somewhere that too much vit c can actually give you diarrhea...... maybe ask hilary on the vax board? she knows bunches about vit c <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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My ds had diarrhea from the moment he weaned until he was 2 years old. The ped told me it was toddler diarrhea and guess what?<br><br>
After I stopped giving him soymilk THE TODDLER DIARRHEA WENT AWAY!! (he's also allergic to milk corn and eggs)<br><br><br>
You can read the whole sordid tale in the "Hope faith and activism" thread in vaccination forum.
 

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Here is a copy and paste of my post on the vaccination forum.<br><br><br><br>
My ds was exclusively bf for 9 mos when we started solids. He was not interested in solids at that time so we offered here and there but he did not eat solids until well after 1 year. He's two now and still is not a great eater.<br><br>
He never had formula.<br><br>
He started severe eczema at around 2 weeks to one month. After repeated failed attempts to resolve this issue with the pediatrition, a complete stranger told me to stop eating dairy and eggs for 2 weeks to see if it helped the eczema. At this point I was desperate to try anything. Well, lo and behold it helped immensely with the eczema and I remained egg and dairy free for the whole time he nursed--18mos. The pediatrition of course was not happy with this and suggested that I try giving him some calcium and fatty foods and he suggested I try goat milk yogurt. I don't remember the brand, but it was whole goat milk and was from the coop and I remember talking to another mother about it in the store, and I'm very concious about reading ingredients so although I don't remember exactly, I sure it was pretty "natural". I do remember that it had more than acidophilous and bacillus. I think six different kinds of bacteria.<br><br>
I gave him just a little taste of it (he was 1 year, maybe thirteen months), not a spoonful or anything and he broke out in full body hives. Of course the nurse on the after hours line explained to me that she didn't believe in food allergies. SO after some rigamaro I finally got the doctor on call and we proceeded with benadryl.<br><br>
Next encounter was about a month later when my good friend at her child's bday party decided to feed my ds some soymilk yogurt. Then again he broke out in full body hives. We read the packaging and it said, "may contain milk products".<br><br>
So after more rigamaro with the ped, we finally got a referral to the allergist who determined that my ds has multiple food allergies to corn, egg, and dairy.<br><br>
At 14 mos or so we supplemented bf with soymilk as I was working part time and tired of pumping. My ds went from having bf runny poos to chronic diarrhea poos. After he weaned at 18 months he went on soymilk. It took another six months until we finally figured it was the soymilk giving him the diarrhea. We thought it was wheat, then tomatoes, bleh, a long list of things we tried. Now he is one month without soy (in addition to the other items) and he finally is having his first solid poos. He is not used to that and it somewhat frightening for him to have these new sensations.<br><br>
That is when I got the idea that I should be giving him some probiotics. But how to do that?<br><br>
This has been a long long battle and at times I have been the completely nagging mother (ask the ped's office) looking for answers in the face of people who just didn't believe me!<br><br>
There is little help for people with food allergies from the medical profession.<br><br><br>
Just to add some events that have happened to us: If you are touching cheese or butter and you don't carefully wash your hands before touching my ds or food that he will eat, he will break out in full body hives.<br><br>
If you are drinking a milkshake with a straw and kiss my ds, he will break out in full body hives. My husband did this.<br><br>
If he eats something with cooked milk in it even if it's the last ingredient in a long list of ingredients, he will break out in eczema. This happened at the daycare when they gave him animal crackers and didn't tell me.<br><br>
edited to add: I read the link about casein additives in foods and I can assure you that we eat very little processed food. We do not eat salad dressings, ice cream, store bought soups, cereals and other things you would find in most american homes. My ds, dh and I love potato chips though. We like the taro root ones (they are so costly!!) My ds likes the brown rice chips and the seaweed chips made by eden. My dh sometimes buys yakult (mexican style yogurt) or goes out for milk shakes (he thinks I don't know this). Otherwise we prepare all our meals. The one processed food that we do buy is our stoneground whole wheat bread, which is kind of a waste since my brother did buy me a breadmaker.<br><br><br>
Now ya'll know way to much about me...
 

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too much vit c can give you diarrhea, but it's a LOT of C. for instance, my dh can tolerate 8-9 GRAMS a day before he gets diarrhea. for other people it's lower, but we need a lot more than those rdas tell us. those are the bare minimums to keep us out of the grave.
 

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Diarrhea can cause magnesium defficiency which can cause dark circles under the eyes. It sounds like you need another doctor though!! Would it be possible to get a referral to a GI doctor since you obviously can't get any information or testing from the ped? How is your child's weight doing with all this diarrhea?<br><br>
I hope you get some answers soon!!
 
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