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    Default What causes diarrhoea in a toddler?

    I asked this question in another forum and no one answered it so I'm asking it here.

    What could cause persistent diarrhoea in a 30 month old child who is otherwise healthy?

    No bloating, no weight loss, no behavioural issues, eating well, drinking well, tests on the poo turned up nothing and now waiting on bloods.

    His poo is a runny, pasty texture with a peanut butter colour. One day last week he returned to dark colour and firm stools then back to the explosions again.

    Does anyone have any experience with this? GP keeps saying he doesn't know...and that it could be normal...

    I don't think it's normal!

    Feedback sought and appreciated. Thanks.

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    Bowel blockage and overflow? Ask to see a paed

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    My ds has ALWAYS had runny poo. I have never had it tested, now wondering if I should??
    He is about to start toilet training and have been a bit worried about it!
    He also only EVER does poo when he is asleep (day nap or night time)
    He is a strange boy!
    Sorry, that wasn't much help to you, but you aren't alone!!!!

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    Food intolorence...DD had loose stools all the time and I found out she was lactose intolerant at 3.5 years ( from a tests done when she was 6months but they never recalled me!). Has he always had loose stools? Take him off diary for a week and see what happens.

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    I'd ask for a referral to a pead that specialises in continence issues and/or a referral to a continence clinic.

    You could definitely do an elimination diet to check for a food intolerance but again, I'd do this under the guidance of a paed or dietician.

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    Cows milk protein allergy? That's what it appears to be for my ds... We had ongoing issues from about 10months onwards, it seems to have settled in the last 6 months (ds now 2.75 Years). I used to worry about leaving the house as I got caught without a change of clothes once at a mall and had to buy new clothes for the explosion! We figured this out with a paed though as weight was a little under. I would definitely ask to see a paed. My son didn't eat a lot of fruit but apparently fruit/juices can also cause diarrhoea.

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    Thanks so much for all your responses. He doesn't eat a lot of fruit. However he does have dairy. We also check his nappy a lot and poo isn't there all the time so there's no constant leakage or anything but when he poos OMG it's mighty.

    Will definitely seek a paed referral and take him off dairy (hopefully he won't protest too much...he loves his milk).

    Thanks again. I knew it wasn't normal!

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    You can get lactose free milk. It is very similar to normal milk just a little sweeter. It's nothing like soy.

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    IMO it sounds like a dairy intolerance but I would chase it up with a paed or even a bowel specialist.... I had similar issues for 6 months and had a colonoscopy that showed I had colitis and had a course of antibiotics and I have been fine since.... he may have a bug in his bowel ?

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    Sounds like food intolerance.

    Try cutting out dairy first. Then wheat/gluten. & at a last resort, fructose -- my little one has allergies/intolerances to all of the above!

    It could also be a bacterial infection in his gut - you could get the GP to run tests on stool samples?

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