We are stumped and exhausted.
Six weeks ago our 2 1/2 year old daughter started complaining about being "itchy" (her word) in her pelvis area and sometimes she would point to one of her butt cheeks. We thought it was the diaper brand and changed it, but there were no signs of rash or redness.
It soon escalated into her cramping up and having sharp pains in her lower intestinal area, coinciding with the time she should be doing a poo. The cramps would generally come and go every few hours, until she finally did a BM. Doing a poo itself doesn't seem to hurt, it's just the lead-up to it. Her time between bowel movements went from every two days to three, four, then finally five days (with cramps/stomach pain off and on from the second day onwards). I suspect she started holding it in due to the pain she was experiencing. At that point we took her to the emergency department. They seemed to think it was constipation, except her poo has never been hard, always soft.
We did two days of Movicol (a powder laxative) at their suggestion. This only increased the problem. Because it made her do a poo more often, she'd be in pain more often. She would be screaming and crying and we ended up back in the ED. Now she was screaming every 15min and doing tiny bits of watery poo each time. The Movicol had cleaned her out, constipation just wasn't the issue. The doctors initially thought it would've been some kind of blockage, but the evidence was contrary to this. She had has a stool and urine sample tested, and an ultrasound AND x-ray done in hospital, with nothing abnormal to report. EDIT: No blood or mucus in her poo either.
She is not potty-trained. Prior to this issue we sat her on the potty now and again, but she would cry and stress out about it, so we never kept her there very long. I don't think this is potty-training related. She also does not have any visible tears on her anus area.
After the Movicol debacle, she is now back to around a 2-day cycle. After she does a poo, she'll usually be fine for a good 24 hours, and then she'll start getting irritated in the lower belly every few hours. She'll just walk around feeling antsy and uncomfortable. This then becomes more painful and she'll cry for a bit now and again. Finally she'll start crying in pain again and do a poo at my wife's coercing. Usually on the second day. Her crying is not as bad as it was before, but she is still in obvious pain.
We've booked in to a pediatrician but can't get in for another month. We have been trying to reduce her gluten intake for the last couple days in the meantime to see if that helps. Before and after this whole thing started, we have not consciously changed her diet. We're hoping it's not some gluten allergy (neither of us have any known allergies though), but we just don't know. We've also started her on a probiotics pill once a day. I'm a bit skeptical due to the lack of evidence/research so far on probiotics, but our GP said it wouldn't hurt to give it a shot.
Any feedback would be appreciated. She's been through that many doctors that we're out of ideas.