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GI issue with my 2.5 yr old

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April 19th, 2011, 09:49 AM
luvmygirls333's Avatar Super Mommy
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Hi, my name is Kim. My youngest dd Ally (she's 2.5 yrs) has the weirdest GI thing going on. I posted on the food allergy board, wondering if that might be it...but it could be anything...I'm just wondering if anyone has heard of or experienced this.
When she was about 3-4 months old, she had mucus in her stool, so they told me to go dairy free (I BFed her for 2 yrs). I went dairy free and she didn't have any dairy either. Then when she turned 1 we gradually introduced it in and she did great. We haven't had any problems since.

So here's the issue. It started on April 1st. She woke up in the morning covered in vomit. But she seemed absolutely fine during the day. She ate, drank, played...she had loose poop, but she seemed perfectly fine. I didn't give her any milk, just to be safe. Then the next morning, same thing, woke up covered in vomit but was fine for the whole day. The next day, same thing. Then she didn't throw up the next night. Then DH accidentally gave her milk, and she still had 2 nights of no throwing up, but then she did. And it goes on and on....she throws up (ONLY AT NIGHT, which is very strange to me) and has diarrhea, the she doesn't throw up and her poop goes back to normal, only to go back to throwing up again the next night and having diarrhea during the day. So 9 out of the last 19 days she has thrown up at night. And most of the days she's had diarrhea. We've been to the drs twice. They have no idea. They asked for stool samples so they could test for parasites. We see the dr again tomorrow and we will get her results then.

Does this sound like it could be a food allergy? A virus? A parasite? She's been on a bland diet for just about the whole month...no milk, cheese or yogurt....she has toast, crackers, pretzels, bananas, applesauce, pasta and peanut butter sandwiches. Who should I ask to see next as far as a specialist goes?
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April 19th, 2011, 10:25 AM
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This may sound odd, but could she be mildly constipated? When DD gets constipated she vomits a lot more then normal, especailly at night because she is laying down so its easier for it to come up (it doesn't have to fight gravity). Also diarreah can sometimes be a sign of constipation, the looser stool seeps around the harder stool and causes diareah.

Other then that my only idea would be reflux, because it can get much worse at night and it's not always and everyday thing, but that wouldn't really explain the diarreah.

Hope it gets figured out soon.
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April 20th, 2011, 06:58 AM
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If the doc is thinking parasites, have they sent you to infectious disease, or are they keeping you within their practice for now? Infectious disease would be better to deal with if that's what they're thinking it is.

Throwing up only at night could indicate a problem with the esophagus. Laying down for an extended period of time could cause food to creep back up rather than staying down. Does she seem to be in pain at all? That wouldn't explain the diarrhea, though. Have they checked her gall bladder and pancreas yet? Either of those could cause both problems at the same time.

There could be a million reasons for mucus in the stool. As long as there's no blood, that's probably a good sign. Again, any pain??? If she experiences episodes of extreme pain, but then feels fine later, the vomiting, diarrhea, and mucus could be signs of intussusseption. Probably not at 2 years old, though. That usually only happens in babies.

Have you seen a gastro specialist yet? I'd get a scope done in both ends if the doc doesn't find anything through routine testing soon.

I know it's frustrating. Sorry. Doesn't sound like allergies to me, though.
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