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    I am considering having my 2yo ds tested for food intolerance and allergy bc he does runny poos most of the time. My mum thinks its nothing to worry about but I think I should check it out to be on the safe side. Where do I start - do I see a gp for a referral? What kind of tests do they do eg blood test, poo sample? Tia

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    Hi jontu. It may depend on your gp.
    A few things...
    Are you Asian? It is likely that if you are Asian then lactose intolerance can be the factor.
    Is there food intolerance or allergy in your family?
    Is his runny pops the only symptom?
    My dd had a distended tummy, wind and runny pops.... We omitted dairy from her diet... Her tummy softened and her pops slowly started to firm up (she still isn't really a nugget maker, but you can see the difference) our gp recommended trial of dairy free first so no invasive procedure was necessary... My next step was to look at gluten as gluten intollerance runs on both sides of the family... Luckily it was lactose (like me) so it was easy!

    You could also look up the Food Intolerance Network for more info (search fed up and failsafe diet)

    Good luck

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    We are doing a scratch test at 10 months they said as I have lots allergies/intolerances myself. This was recommended from Paed


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    We've had allergy testing done for DS. Our gp referred us to a paed allergy specialist. The procedure itself is straightforward but can be upsetting for your child. They make pricks on the skin with a needle (doesn't hurt) and then add small solutions containing various allergens like dairy, etc.

    DS came up clear but we have discovered he has intolerances (not allergies) to dairy, egg, gluten, soy and tomato. So it's not a fail proof system as intolerances won't show up only allergies.

    I would suggest you cut out dairy. Wait a month, if no improvement cut out gluten as well. Continue with other types of food until you figure it out and then you can experiment with adding things back in.

    Good luck!

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    Where I live there is a years wait to get into a private paediatric allergist. If it's anything like that where you are, they may recommend you do an elimination diet first. Infact I would start with that anyway; if you have any suspicions of foods try cutting them out then re-introducing, can't remember the time frames, I think you eliminate it for a week or two.

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    Try elimination diet first. With only that symptom I think allergy testing would be a waste of time as it sounds like an intolerance. A good probiotic and lots of raw food will help - look up gut inflaming foods, or foods that coelics/crohns sufferers should avoid and start there.

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    I would start with the gp, find a good dietician and get some tests organised to make sure there is no underlying bug/parasite/infection . Start keeping a food diary, this is very important so you can spot patterns. Keep note of symptoms like rashes, crying, unsettled, coughs & colds etc (intolerances can lower immunity). Dairy & wheat are the main culprits but fructose malabsorption, coeliacs could also be a factor & I'm sure there are more!

    PP is right, allergies can be tested for, but intolerances can't. They can be tricky to pin down, so your detective work plus a supportive gp/dietician are your main starting points. Your Mum is not the only one that will tell you this is normal, but trust your own instincts.
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    Thanks everyone lots of good information. Yes we are Asian but dd dh and I are not lactose intolerant so could ds still be? He is on 2 bottles of formula and loves yogurt and cheese and always wants what his sister is eating so it will be tricky cutting it out. Would it make a difference if I reduce and not eliminate dairy entirely? There was a handful of times when his poos were solid so if he is lactose intolerant should it be runny/ soft all the time? As a baby he used to be very gassy and even now in the night during his sleep he will sometimes moan and groan and squirm around then pass wind so possible he has tummy pain. I will keep a food diary and see how I go then see a gp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jontu View Post
    Thanks everyone lots of good information. Yes we are Asian but dd dh and I are not lactose intolerant so could ds still be? He is on 2 bottles of formula and loves yogurt and cheese and always wants what his sister is eating so it will be tricky cutting it out. Would it make a difference if I reduce and not eliminate dairy entirely? There was a handful of times when his poos were solid so if he is lactose intolerant should it be runny/ soft all the time? As a baby he used to be very gassy and even now in the night during his sleep he will sometimes moan and groan and squirm around then pass wind so possible he has tummy pain. I will keep a food diary and see how I go then see a gp.
    Hi jontu, my mum is lactose intolerant but she gets mucus instead of runs etc

    If in SA can put you in contact with great paed


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    It could be CMPI and not necessarily lactose intolerance.
    DD2 is NOT lactose intolerant but does have CMPI (cows milk protein intolerance) so she can't have any dairy. And dairy is in sooooo many things.


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