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Diarrhea Is About The Only Symptom

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I have a son that turned 2 in march. He has always been a very happy, healthy child. He weighs about 31 lbs and is normal height. For the past 3 months, he has had diarrhea or mushy, unformed stools. I had his stool and blood tested and all results were negative. My dr told me not to worry since he is gaining weight but I know there is something wrong. The stools are usually the only symptom. The only other symptom he has is that sometimes he will wake up from a nap like he didn't sleep at all - black circles under his eyes and very fussy. I feel like he isn't napping as well as he did a few months ago.

I just put him on a gluten-free diet 2 days ago b/c I am convinced he may be gluten intolerant or is allergic to some type of food. Can someone please tell me how long it may take to see a difference (i.e. more solid poops)? I am very anxious and am hoping to see results immediately but I know I should be realistic. I don't want him to undergo a biopsy but I am going to take him to an allergist to see if he is allergic to other foods. Although I recognize that if he is gluten intolerant it won't show up in the allergy test, which is fine. I am going to continue this diet - just was wondering how long I should keep him on it.

Thank you!

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D was also my main and worst symptom, and it took me about 5-7 days to start to notice an obvious change in my stools and it was very noticable as I was having extreme D.

But this could be different for a child, especially such a young child at that.

I would try this for a couple of weeks and if that is not showing any different than try emliminating another food, like dairy, and see if that is the culprit.

Have you ever had the lactose intolerant test done on your son? or you could have his allergies tested?

Good luck

km


Gluten Free since Apr 14-08

Mar 08.....Blood work-Positive for Celiac Results were High (92)

Apr 08....Biopsy Results indicating abnormalities associated with celiac disease & Villi atrophy.

May-08.... Appendicitis

July 08.....X-ray indicates Degenerative Disc Disease

Symptoms that the gluten free diet has helped: All Stomach Problems, Bloating, Vomiting, Heartburn & D, Energy, overall feeling of health again, Migraine, Degenerative disc Disease, and Infertility.

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D was also my main and worst symptom, and it took me about 5-7 days to start to notice an obvious change in my stools and it was very noticable as I was having extreme D.

But this could be different for a child, especially such a young child at that.

I would try this for a couple of weeks and if that is not showing any different than try emliminating another food, like dairy, and see if that is the culprit.

Have you ever had the lactose intolerant test done on your son? or you could have his allergies tested?

Good luck

km

Thanks! He has been off dairy for 3 weeks now and he doesn't drink any o.j. (a common cause of D in toddlers). We just went to the allergist today and he wasn't allergic to any foods, which is good to know. Makes me more confident thinking he is gluten intolerant.

MP

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