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Any idea why my 12 month old cries all the time?

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Heloise1982 Sat 18-Feb-17 15:39:26

Two of them, in fact (twins), and they're 11 months old adjusted, if that makes a difference. They were refluxy babies, never had colic as such but certainly cried quite a bit. Got a lot better around 8 months ish, started sleeping through the night about 10 months. They got a really unpleasant d&v bug about three weeks ago that totally knocked them for six - ten days of vomiting, over two weeks of diarrhoea. And ever since they have spent most of the day crying. Really full on, in pain, arching back, throwing head back, red in the face type tears, but they do usually - not always - settle if held or in the jumperoo (would they do that if it was pain?)

They have always been very poo-ey babies. Even before the bug they would easily do five or six poos a day each, often very loose, and still sometimes at night (is that odd for a 1 year old?). Post bug it's now back to much the same, although often what comes out now look much the same as what has gone in, as if somehow the food hasn't been digested properly. I moved them onto lactose free formula on a pharmacists' advice, but it doesn't seem to have made too much difference.

I took them to to GP yesterday who has sent off a stool sample but otherwise couldn't find anything wrong with them (checked ears, temp, etc.) I honestly don't know if it's some type of health issue or something more developmental, but the intensity of the crying is really quite scary sometimes, not to mention wearing.

(I don't think they're teething and have tried infant Neurofen to no avail, but who knows?)

Any ideas?? Could a tummy bug STILL be causing pain three weeks later?

JiltedJohnsJulie Sun 19-Feb-17 17:16:46

I was going to suggest Lactose intolerance after the D&V bug. If you are giving them Lactose free formula, are they also on a dairy free diet?

melonribena Thu 23-Feb-17 22:23:27

Could it be coeliac?

Crazylou Fri 24-Feb-17 22:22:04

I would ask to get referred to pediatrician as it could be lactose or dairy or digestion problem

abc12345 Fri 24-Feb-17 22:33:13

I'd try cutting out dairy (it can be the cows milk protein rather than lactose). Or gluten. Or both

Heloise1982 Sat 25-Feb-17 06:43:23

Thanks for replying everyone!

The good news is they're much, much happier again, so I do now think it must have been the bug causing the distress. But... They're still doing the most horrible poos, 5-6 times a day or more (each!). Very very loose, sometimes with mucous. The stool sample came back as normal with no further action needed.

As they seem themselves I don't know whether to pursue or not. I've wondered about some sort of intolerance before as they've always been prone to what my husband calls 'troublesome poos', but it's particularly bad at the moment. Would a stool sample pick something like that up? They're growing very well and apart from last few weeks are generally in good spirits. Would bad nappies be the only symptom of something like that?

I suppose if it's not bothering them too much it doesn't matter so much, but still doesn't seem quite right to me.

DrDiva Sat 25-Feb-17 07:10:54

My DS had exactly that with the poos - and mucous can be a sign of dairy intolerance/allergy. He is allergic to cow's milk protein. Is it worth just trying a completely dairy free diet? It took a few weeks for it to clear for him. Oh, and turned out he couldn't have soya either.

RNBrie Sat 25-Feb-17 07:17:18

Have you tried a pro-biotic? I generally think that sort of thing is all nonsense but my middle child responds really well to them. Her digestive system goes haywire after she's had any sort of bug, my GP recommended we try it. I buy Optibac Baby sachets and stir one into a yoghurt once a day, we tend to see results after a day or two. Might be worth a try!

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