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Diarrhea after exercise and 10 year old celiac

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Hello, My 10 year old son has been doing well on a gluten-free diet for almost two years. He also showed some intolerance to dairy but we have not eliminated dairy (he eats cheese and yogurt). He recently had a few months break from swim team  but is now swimming regularly again and has had diarrhea after practice all week. I am wondering if there may be more showing of a dairy intolerance through the intense physical activity. My thoughts are to wait another week before making any changes but had anyone had a child with celiac with a similar reaction to exercise? 

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Have you considered that he is swallowing lots of pool water that may not be clean?  I am a swimmer.  While our pool is constantly checked, not all pools are especially if there have been high temperatures and lots of swimmers.  People with diarrhea  should not swim per state health regulations (at least in our state).    He may have picked up a bacteria or parasite.  

https://www.forbes.com/sites/brucelee/2016/05/30/how-to-recognize-a-dirty-and-dangerous-swimming-pool/

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8 hours ago, Ari's mom said:

Hello, My 10 year old son has been doing well on a gluten-free diet for almost two years. He also showed some intolerance to dairy but we have not eliminated dairy (he eats cheese and yogurt). He recently had a few months break from swim team  but is now swimming regularly again and has had diarrhea after practice all week. I am wondering if there may be more showing of a dairy intolerance through the intense physical activity. My thoughts are to wait another week before making any changes but had anyone had a child with celiac with a similar reaction to exercise? 

Positive no gluten in the diet? A 10 year-old in a sport with the new school year starting....

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I wonder if this is happening to other kids in the swim class. Might be worth checking if you can. Maybe somebody made an error with pool chemicals. You could also talk to your local heath dept and see if they will check a vial of the water for possible contamination with bacteria.

Has he just started a new school year? Is he taking any classes like art or what we used to call home ec? Both would be high on the CC list.

I hope this gets figured out soon and he gets some relief.

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15 minutes ago, ravenwoodglass said:

I wonder if this is happening to other kids in the swim class. Might be worth checking if you can. Maybe somebody made an error with pool chemicals. You could also talk to your local heath dept and see if they will check a vial of the water for possible contamination with bacteria.

Has he just started a new school year? Is he taking any classes like art or what we used to call home ec? Both would be high on the CC list.

I hope this gets figured out soon and he gets some relief.

Please let me know what art supplies have gluten in them.

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11 minutes ago, Victoria1234 said:

Please let me know what art supplies have gluten in them.

play doh, some non-toxic paints, non-toxic glues and pastes are examples.

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9 minutes ago, ravenwoodglass said:

play doh, some non-toxic paints, non-toxic glues and pastes are examples.

I've never used play doh (expensive to purchase for hundreds of kids) as a supply in my art room, but certainly paint and glue is plentiful. I had no earthly idea about gluten being in paint and glue! 

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Thank you for all of these suggestions to consider in the coming week. I hadn't considered that he could be coming into contact with gluten at school, whether that be through art supplies or not...all things to think about. And, he has a good friend in swimming who is also celiac so I may talk with the friend's parent about whether she has seen this with her son. 

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5 hours ago, Ari's mom said:

Thank you for all of these suggestions to consider in the coming week. I hadn't considered that he could be coming into contact with gluten at school, whether that be through art supplies or not...all things to think about. And, he has a good friend in swimming who is also celiac so I may talk with the friend's parent about whether she has seen this with her son. 

You may want to talk to other parents also. This may not be celiac related. It may be due to something contaminating the pool or a new sensitivity to a pool chemical.  When we have celiac we tend to attribute everything to that and sometimes the problem isn't related to celiac at all.

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