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14 year old DS is always getting the runs

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Nymeria01 Sun 06-Jul-14 18:37:53

This is now the third week running that my 14 year old has got bad diarrhea. I don't know what the cause is (although I suspect it could be fast\junk food) but every week like clockwork he will at some point come down with it. It last about a day and is very sudden meaning he has to spend all day in the bathroom. He will hate me saying this but has wispers been getting caught short and having accidents. Last week this was on the bus coming back from school shock (lucky his friends had gotten of), today he pooed himself in his bedroom blush. I don't know what to do, see his GP? Not sure if its serious enough for that. Any thoughts

stargirl1701 Sun 06-Jul-14 18:39:41


LadySybilLikesCake Sun 06-Jul-14 18:39:52

GP is your best bet, especially as it's fairly new. They may ask for a poop sample to check for ecoli etc so it's standard practice. Any weight loss/bloating?

Pagwatch Sun 06-Jul-14 18:40:12

At 14 yes, it is something you should investigate.
Could be allergies or intolerances.
I would go to the GP.
Actually I would have a full allergy screen.

Stuffofawesome Sun 06-Jul-14 18:40:45

Start with food diary to look for triggers. Eg dairy, wheat certain veg. Anything. That would give you more info to take to go if persists.

Nymeria01 Sun 06-Jul-14 18:49:15

Thanks, he has undergone alot of wait loss but I assumed that was just because of his age. I have a fear it could be IBS. I never thought of allergies . The food diary is a good idea. Thank you all.

LadySybilLikesCake Sun 06-Jul-14 18:54:34

Please take him to your GP as this is something that needs checking thoroughly. It's best not to assume it's IBS or diet related until they have ruled other conditions out (Crohns etc), and your GP shouldn't assume it's IBS either. Tell him about the weight loss and the chronic diarrhoea and ask for a referral to a Gastroenterologist. Take it from there.

Nymeria01 Sun 06-Jul-14 19:04:37

Thanks again, I'm so pleased I posted I was in half a mined to dismiss it as junk food induced diarrhea. It clearly however warrants a trip to the GP. It is quite sudden and cannot continue as he is getting upset about it. I dread to think what would have been like had it come on in the middle of school.

LadySybilLikesCake Sun 06-Jul-14 19:10:18

sad Poor lad. I really do hope you manage to get it sorted, it sounds as though it must be stressful for him. A diet diary would be a good idea but as it's such a recent change it may not be down to the junk.

SweetFelicityArkwright Sun 06-Jul-14 19:19:45

Definitely get it checked out. My ds had similar symptoms and we thought it was just due to stress as he was revising for exams and it turned out to be ulcerative colitis.
Hopefully it won't be the same for your ds but it is best to be sure.

notapizzaeater Sun 06-Jul-14 19:22:13

My son is coeliac - his main symptom was pooing himself, he had no control over his bowels.

I'd start a diary and get to the doctors for more tests,

TheFirstOfHerName Sun 06-Jul-14 19:25:27

This definitely needs investigating, firstly to rule out Crohn's/UC or coeliac, and if it is IBS, to manage his symptoms.

PoshPenny Sun 06-Jul-14 19:25:45

My suspicion would be coeliac too.

LadySybilLikesCake Sun 06-Jul-14 19:36:08

Don't change his diet until he's been tested for anything though. If it is coeliac they can only test for it when he's still eating wheat/gluten. If he stops eating it, he'll have to restart and they can't test for 6 weeks.

differenttoyou Sun 06-Jul-14 20:44:15

Does this happen around periods of stress? One of my boys has stress related IBS and it always get worse around a controlled assessment (Y10).

Nymeria01 Mon 07-Jul-14 09:42:00

Thanks again. I will make sure we keep the same diet for now. It can happen around stressful periods but I wouldn't say its inly when it happens. I have kept him of school for today as he was up all night with the diarrhea and unfortunately he had another accident blush this time in bed.

LadySybilLikesCake Mon 07-Jul-14 19:54:24

How's he getting on? I hope he's feeling a little better thanks Any luck with a GP appointment?

heyday Mon 07-Jul-14 20:58:55

Does sound like it could be coeliac disease. Which means severe intolerance to gluten. This can be tested for initially with a blood test. He could become dehydrated if he keeps getting bouts of the runs. It's obvious that something is up so I hope you can make appointment to see G.P as soon as possible.

Nymeria01 Tue 08-Jul-14 10:58:45

I have managed to get him a GP appointment for this week. He is feeling a bit better now thanks, it seems to have become less frequent. He is still off school though as their are still spontanious needs to go. Yesterday was really upsetting for him, their were a number of very bad accidents bring him to tears. At 14 he shouldn't be worrying about changing his pants.

LadySybilLikesCake Tue 08-Jul-14 11:59:06

Poor lad. It's almost the end of term so it may be wise to keep him off until he's at least seen the GP. They should do some blood tests and refer him quite quickly. I'd be insistent if the GP seems a bit blasé.

Meow75 Tue 08-Jul-14 12:03:19

Others have already said it, but I was going to say Ulcerative Colitis too.

sashh Thu 10-Jul-14 10:07:07

Agree with all the gastro stuff already posted, but, you knew there was a but didn't you?

Is he drinking alcohol?

I don't mean getting drunk but having the odd cider in the park with friends?

I agree with a food diary but make sure he puts in everything.

Nymeria01 Fri 11-Jul-14 00:04:03

Sashh he has never said that he does and I have never had any suspicion. However that doesn't rule it out.
He is still of school btw. He went the whole of yesterday without any diarrhea and was going to go to school today... but then this morning he had an attack. I'm not going to risk him shitting himself at school so I'm keeping him off for the last week. The problem seems to be the urgency of the need to go. I had a long chat with him about it and be bas said that it happens almost everyday (that be suddenly needs to go). At least tomorrow we have the doctors.

MissSmiley Fri 11-Jul-14 00:21:24

If it is coeliac he could be lactose intolerant too. You can stop him having milk to see if that helps. It won't affect any testing for gluten antibodies.

Does he have pain in his tummy? Upper right side?

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