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Old 08-14-2014, 03:53 PM   #1
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My toddler, now 3 years old, has been complaining of stomach pain. We at first dismissed it as him being hungry but he persisted with his complaints pretty regularly. Finally we took him in to the doctor. She had an x-ray done and discovered despite his apparent chronic diarrhea he is impacted? Has a blockage? Something like that. Basically he isn't having a complete bowel movement. She suggested we start first with prune juice and some digestive aids. Also we need to completely eliminate any and all dairy from his diet. We had done that previously but we thought he was now tolerating some amounts of dairy. The doctor thinks that the dairy may well be what is causing the problem since he has already shown he has a problem with it.

So, besides prune juice and apple juice, I am hoping for suggestions that will help solve his digestive issues. Obviously we are going to eliminate the dairy completely. Easier said than done but must be done regardless.

TIA for any help or suggestions.

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Old 08-14-2014, 04:09 PM   #2
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Do you know what it is in the dairy that bothers him? I ask because kefir is lactose free, but it is still dairy. Amazing pre and probiotics, though, that would be good for him.

Really, lots of water and fiber -- applesauce made fresh with the skins still on would be great. You just have to make sure you are getting plenty of water in him with the fiber. Throw in some flax seed with a smoothie or oatmeal, put it in his pancakes, etc.
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We tried lactose free with no success. Not sure what it is in dairy that causes his issues but it seems any and all dairy except for human dairy causes him issues. Maybe I should get a breast pump so I can pump milk to turn into butter, cream, ice cream, yogurt, kefir, etc for him. only half joking on this. If it would help him I might give it a shot. It would save us some money. Fake butter and almond milk are not cheap. With all the ingredients in them I am not so sure it is even healthy for him.
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Old 08-14-2014, 04:19 PM   #4
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One of mine was really bad with chronic constipation and developed a super colon. Diet alone didn't help, but Miralax sure did. It's OTC now. I used to give a tablespoon a day sprinkled on her morning cereal when she was in bad shape, but once things were moving, a teaspoon a day was a good maintenance dose. She was able to stop the meds when her colon healed and began functioning normally.
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One of mine was really bad with chronic constipation and developed a super colon. Diet alone didn't help, but Miralax sure did. It's OTC now. I used to give a tablespoon a day sprinkled on her morning cereal when she was in bad shape, but once things were moving, a teaspoon a day was a good maintenance dose. She was able to stop the meds when her colon healed and began functioning normally.
I will have to look into that if the diet alone does not solve his issues.
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We had him tested for a dairy allergy. He tested negative. So they told me it wasn't an allergy but rather a dairy(lactose)intolerance. Only the lactose free products still caused him severe distress.

Now I just checked the Mayo clinic website. It says the following.
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Immediately after consuming milk, signs and symptoms of a milk allergy might include:
•Hives
•Wheezing
•Vomiting

Signs and symptoms that may take more time to develop include:
•Loose stools, which may contain blood check
•Diarrhea check
•Abdominal cramps check
•Coughing or wheezing possible? We have to watch him closely for croup developing when he gets a cold.
•Runny nose
•Watery eyes
•Itchy skin rash, often around the mouth check though on his legs and body not his mouth
•Colic, in babies check

Milk allergy or milk intolerance?

A true milk allergy differs from milk protein intolerance or lactose intolerance. Unlike a milk allergy, intolerance doesn't involve the immune system. Milk intolerance causes different symptoms and requires different treatment from a true milk allergy.

Common signs and symptoms of milk protein intolerance or lactose intolerance include digestive problems, such as bloating nope, gas or diarrhea check, after consuming milk or products containing milk
Now he doesn't have immediate symptoms after dairy consumption but rather a delayed reaction. Nor does he have all the symptoms of an allergy. If he had only lactose intolerance I would think he would tolerate lactose free dairy products. He does not.

I still think he has a dairy allergy.
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Re: Advice needed

Chia seeds are loaded with fiber. I chug them with water but you could soak them in Juice to make them more like a desert or Google chia pudding and recipes will pop up with ideas to make with almond or coconut milk. 2 tbls (dry) is half the fiber need of an adult, plus they're loaded with omega 3's👍
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Chia seeds are loaded with fiber. I chug them with water but you could soak them in Juice to make them more like a desert or Google chia pudding and recipes will pop up with ideas to make with almond or coconut milk. 2 tbls (dry) is half the fiber need of an adult, plus they're loaded with omega 3's��
I'll have to try that. I know our local grocery store carries Chia seeds.
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I am surprised they didn't start him on miralax. My ds has struggled with this for years and they usually start them on miralax to soften things up and then use it for maintance.
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I don't really have much advice seein how my son has had constipation problems since he has been born and we still haven't figured out the problem. He has been to three different specialist and they all say it's because he don't want to poop I think their crazy but of course they don't listen to me. But I did want to say don't give apple juice it will actually make them constipated more in the long run instead give white grape juice. And I also agree with the mirilax.
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