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5yo with chronic runny poo

(7 Posts)
bamboobutton Tue 21-May-13 14:43:33

He's had it for years now. First i put it down to toddler diarrhoea but he's too old for that now.

TMI alert! It's very similar to butterscotch angel delight in colour and consistency.

He's otherwise fine and healthy, doesn't complain of tummy aches, has plenty of energy but is underweight according to his red book, 50th cent for height but 0 cent for weight.

Any ideas what it might be? Is it normal? Is it worth going to the GP?

Sybilvimes Tue 21-May-13 14:46:21

Could it be a food intolerance? My dc has runny poo on and off for years and I eventually moved him from cows milk to goats milk. It has made the world of difference. Maybe something to think about if he is otherwise perfectly well?

bamboobutton Tue 21-May-13 14:59:29

How do i find out if it's intolerances? A long process of food elimination or can a doctor do tests?

Sybilvimes Tue 21-May-13 15:08:14

There are some allergy specialists who do skin tests, although I think not until 5/6years. Dairy allergies are very common, so you could just try switching to goat products for a few weeks and see.

A food diary would probably be useful to see if there are any obvious links between food/drinks and the runny poo, but that is a process of trial and error and cab be long winded. Best to have a conversation with your gp first I would think, just to be on the safe side.

5318008 Tue 21-May-13 15:42:04

Yes GP is a good start

Horrid q - does the poo float ? Sorry!

bamboobutton Tue 21-May-13 17:31:10

No, poo doesn't float, it's just runny. I don't think he has ever had a normal looking poo.

I did wonder if he had a child version of ibs as his poo looks like mine when i have an ibs flare up.

I think i will speak to gp before cutting stuff out, Ds has school dinners so eliminating foods will be hard.

5318008 Tue 21-May-13 19:58:18

yes if you cut out stuff before going down the path of GP/tests etc you might inadvertently complicate matters by obscuring an allergy or intolerance

a food diary in the meantime is a great idea

<manly clap on shoulders>

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