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Kids toilet issues...

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I am having a quick question and you should make sure you have finish to eat before to read this in case you are sensitive on that subject.

Anyway my pre-school daughter always have very watery, explosion kind of stool. And I began to think that it isn't normal.... At her age, it should be solid like adults, no?

We didn't find a doctor here yet, so I am asking to my fellow forumers of their experiences on that subject. I am wondering if it is normal before I head to a docgtor with this question.

Could it be something she eats? Milk?

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Re: Kids toilet issues...

It is not normal in my experience with my kids but it could be normal for your daughter. Does she also have bloating or stomach pains? If so then you should get her checked out, it could be some sort of food intolerance.
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Old 14.06.2011, 13:30
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Re: Kids toilet issues...

I dont think its normal, they should have it just like adults. Although many factors could cause it like change in diet, vitamins/meds, stress (?), if its like that for several days, it might be serious. Lets hope it isnt.
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Old 14.06.2011, 13:34
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Re: Kids toilet issues...

Sounds very much like she could be lactose intolerant.. Omit dairy from her diet for a couple of days and see who it goes.

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It is not normal in my experience with my kids but it could be normal for your daughter. Does she also have bloating or stomach pains? If so then you should get her checked out, it could be some sort of food intolerance.
She never complains about any pain. She doesn't suffer from stress that I can see, she is easy going and has no sleeping issues. She eats very well but I rarely saw a solid stool since she is born.

So I could try to cut the milk intake and see what happen... I will certainly raise this concern to the doctor (when we'll have one).

She doesn't suffer from constipation and goes twice a day.

She spend energy a LOT and is very very active.
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Re: Kids toilet issues...

How old is she? Is she gaining weight as she should?
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Re: Kids toilet issues...

Don't know if this might be relevant but my husband's specialist said that very loose liquidy stools usually mean they are travelling too fast through the system which sometimes means not all the nutrients are extracted fully.

To slow it down you could try her on a banana or two per day; that might have the desired effect.

I would definitely try to pin down a doctor and mention it to him.

To echo Lou's post above - I would find it unusual in my child.
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Re: Kids toilet issues...

Nil, I wouldn't stop avoiding going to the doctor. Diarrhoea is not normal in children or adults and could mean a serious problem or leading to one (starting with the point that the body doesn’t get the needed nutrients).

Go with the advice of eating bananas, it might help.

I would also take a look at the lactose intolerance like others suggested. It never caused me pain as a child, but did cause serious digestion problems (which included vomiting a couple of times). I never said anything to my parents because I thought it was normal to have such a reaction to yogurts and milk. Only found out about lactose intolerance when I was 16.

Hope she gets better.
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How old is she? Is she gaining weight as she should?
She is 2.7, she grows very well and she is tall for her age. She is healthy and energetic. She sleeps really well and have a lot of energy to spend.

This is why it never occured to me tht something could be wrong because she seems just fine. She is happy and healthy.

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Is this a recent problem? If so it could be due to a slight change of diet due to your move to Barcelona- different water, etc. Kids digestive systems are quite sensitive, and may take a while to adjust. Have you been eating loads of fruit due to the availability of wonderful Spanish produce?

However, I'd say find a doctor and get to know her/him + vice-versa BEFORE you have an illness or emergency of any kind. So many people find themselves in a terribly panicky situation if they haven't got a GP 'in place'. Much easier for the GP to help you if they know a little about you and your family first.
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Hello,

I am having a quick question and you should make sure you have finish to eat before to read this in case you are sensitive on that subject.

Anyway my pre-school daughter always have very watery, explosion kind of stool. And I began to think that it isn't normal.... At her age, it should be solid like adults, no?

We didn't find a doctor here yet, so I am asking to my fellow forumers of their experiences on that subject. I am wondering if it is normal before I head to a docgtor with this question.

Could it be something she eats? Milk?

This sounds so familiar - it sounds just like me before I was diagnosed with Coeliacs Disease (an allergy to the Gluten in Wheat Flour, absolutely fine now and condition dealt with by removing wheat based products from my diet).

I would definitely recommend getting her checked out by the Doctor as an occasional bout of 'runny bottom' is not a problem but if it is continuous then she may not be absorbing all the nutrients she needs from her food as it will be passing too quickly through her system.
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Re: Kids toilet issues...

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Toddler's diarrhoea is a common cause of chronic (persistent) diarrhoea in young children. It mainly affects children between the ages of 1 and 5 years and is more common in boys. Toddler's diarrhoea is not serious and the child is well. The diarrhoea will go as the child becomes older. The diet of young children is often not ideal and is thought to contribute to the cause. The diarrhoea will often stop if the child: has a good amount of fat in the diet (whole milk, etc); does not drink too much fruit juice or squash; has meals that include a normal amount of fibre (but not a high-fibre diet).
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Re: Kids toilet issues...

Odile, no it isn't something new.

Thanks Sandgrounder, I feel a bit better.

It is not watery all the time. But it is definitely very soft and far from being solid.

Wow, I am talking about pooh on internet forum..... I guess it is better that than all the sh1t going on since few days on here!
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Re: Kids toilet issues...

Does she have any eczema?
My daughter had the same problem you are describing, plus eczema at the same age as yours is now. We stopped all allergenic foods (her tests at the doctors came out negative for everything) thinking it is an intolerance, and not a real allergy. The change in her was amazing. Once her body was clear of milk, wheat, eggs, citrus, nuts etc., we introduced the foods one at a time back into her diet. Turns out she can't tolerate wheat (atleast only in small amounts).

It might be worth trying this out with your daughter. A check-up at the doc's would probably be a good idea too for peace of mind and maybe just to rule out anything more serious.
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Re: Kids toilet issues...

In any case you should probably make sure she is drinking more fluids, you don`t need to add dehydration to the problem, especially summer in Spain!
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Re: Kids toilet issues...

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Does she have any eczema?
My daughter had the same problem you are describing, plus eczema at the same age as yours is now. We stopped all allergenic foods (her tests at the doctors came out negative for everything) thinking it is an intolerance, and not a real allergy. The change in her was amazing. Once her body was clear of milk, wheat, eggs, citrus, nuts etc., we introduced the foods one at a time back into her diet. Turns out she can't tolerate wheat (atleast only in small amounts).

It might be worth trying this out with your daughter. A check-up at the doc's would probably be a good idea too for peace of mind and maybe just to rule out anything more serious.
hi chris,
what else did you cut out from her diet? and how did you reintroduce the food types?
My daughter has the same digestive problems, also that she has to go to the loo after she eats.
i also thought it was a lactose problem, because it started at the age of 2, and always after she has a glass of milk. She has been on Lactose free products since then, with minimum improvement.
Homeopathy has run its course,(her excema has healed) and all that helps is Bioflorin, but I cant be giving it to her endlessly.

Nil,
I would go to the doc, though we have done all the tests and they have come back negative. He said that she is growing well, healthy, active, I shouldnt really worry. But I still do.
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Old 14.06.2011, 19:35
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Re: Kids toilet issues...

It could be the chlor. Our son had this during a period when he went to swimming classes several times a week. That together with the chlor in the drinking water overloaded him. When we started with Brita water the problem disapeared.

Or it could be celiac or lactose intolerance. Celiac can be tested with a blood test.
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Re: Kids toilet issues...

thats not normal you need to keep a dietary diary plan and see what she is exactly allergic too ...hope she feels better
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There could be so many reasons- but as she is very young, it really would be better to discuss this with a doctor. Internet sites and forums are really useful and can be so supportive- but also a dangerous place with medical conditions, especially with little ones. Bonne chance.
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Re: Kids toilet issues...

My daughter had the same when she was a toddler. It can be an intolerance to milk. Very common in children of that age. It could be an intolerance to the Casein, whey or lactose in cows milk.

I changed to Soy, within a week it stopped. She doesn't have a problem with cows milk now.
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