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Possible Celiac? 9 Month Old Stools...

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Hello everyone,

I am a pediactric nurse and I fear my 9 month old may have celiac disease. For the past 3 weeks, he has had mushy, shoot out the side of the diaper poops and it seems to coincide with the introduction of cheerios, toast etc. My question is this....I have never actually seen celiac patient's stools at work and I was wondering if someone could give me the lowdown. His poop is dark brown, ALOT OF IT, 2-3 times a day, and I think it has traces of mucus. I am sorry, maybe this is TMI, but I need to know if I have to ask the doc to do a celiac panel blood draw on him. He is teething and I know that supposedly doesn't cause loose stools...but any info is appreciated.

TIA!

Natalie

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i don't think you need to worry about celiac just yet. there are so many things that can cause funky diapers in a baby that young----especially when they are teething and you are introducing new foods. if it were me, i would probably wait it out a bit and see what happens. could be a tummy bug, could be the teeth, could be a food allergy, could be the body adjusting to new foods.......

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Introduction of new foods, and also introduction of gluten even to a baby without any intolerances, can cause a reaction at first no matter what. My daughter was constipated for 3 days after I first introduced winter squash, and had diarrhea like symptoms alternating with constipation the first few times I gave her rice cereal. They definitely are not problems now. If I saw a reaction at first, I would wait a little bit, maybe a week or two, then try to introduce it to her again. Normally after a month of doing this, she had no problems. And I did this until she was about a year old. At that point she was able to eat practically anything (you should see her scarf down Indian food, and she's only 16 months now).

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Unfortunately blood tests for Celiac, especially for children under two, are not very reliable.

Keep a food journal and keep track of "output" obversations and time charts. When it comes to BM's we discuss them all the time here. For the record, my daughter did have some diapers exactly like what you described.

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Hello everyone,

I am a pediactric nurse and I fear my 9 month old may have celiac disease. For the past 3 weeks, he has had mushy, shoot out the side of the diaper poops and it seems to coincide with the introduction of cheerios, toast etc. My question is this....I have never actually seen celiac patient's stools at work and I was wondering if someone could give me the lowdown. His poop is dark brown, ALOT OF IT, 2-3 times a day, and I think it has traces of mucus. I am sorry, maybe this is TMI, but I need to know if I have to ask the doc to do a celiac panel blood draw on him. He is teething and I know that supposedly doesn't cause loose stools...but any info is appreciated.

TIA!

Natalie

Could just be intro of new foods, but I would definately keep an eye on it. Are the stools particularly foul-smelling? I know poop stinks, but my daughter at 18 months began having dense, very dark stool with what looked like dark sand in it. I also noticed some mucus. And I have changed many diapers, but none have smelled so foul...it is so bad I have to hold my breath or i will gag! Never experienced that with my son. My daughter has had a blood test done but we do not have results back, however she has been gluten free for almost 3 weeks and no more stinky, sandy poo!

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