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Old 08-24-2011, 04:03 PM   #1
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Anybody else have this problem?

Ah, the joys of buggy season. Try as I might to stay on top of our fleas (no infestations, just acute incidents) and mosquitos ... poor DS is apparently tastier than the rest of the family. In any case, while his bites only get mild to moderate inflammation, I've notices he suffers pretty bad diarrhea anytime he gets more than 2 or 3 bites at a time. If it's really bad (in the range of a dozen bites) he'll lose his continence overnight ... but no fevers or other signs of infection (even local). This has been a set pattern every summer since he was a baby (he's about to turn 5).

So has anyone discovered ways to help combat this? Extra probiotics? Or talk to his ped about antihistamines the minute I see him get more than "the magic number"? My mom and I are pretty allergic to bug bites, but we have classic reactions of local inflammation and hives ... don't know what to make of this one.

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Old 08-24-2011, 04:07 PM   #2
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Sounds like an allergy not IBS.. I have IBS.. It's a very very terrible thing dominates me life. Sigh.

I'd look into reactions to bug bites online? Have u come up with anything?
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Sounds like an allergy not IBS.. I have IBS.. It's a very very terrible thing dominates me life. Sigh.

I'd look into reactions to bug bites online? Have u come up with anything?
Sorry mama, didn't mean to misuse the term. I guess I meant that "his bowels get irritated when he gets too many bites!" And allergies vs sensitivities ... all these terms start to get the better of me. He and DH have sensitivities to certain foods that mimic IBS as well, though elimination took care of that problem ... until bug season. :sigh:
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