Because diarrhea and unformed stools are relatively common conditions for everyone at one time or another, they are often overlooked as a symptom and not taken seriously and dismissed as “toddler diarrhea.” But chronic diarrhea for a baby or toddler over the age of one (who is not being breastfed) should be looked into carefully […]

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  • Anonymous - Hello! This is a great post! I am wondering what you would think about a 14 mo-old who has had extremely loose stools with undigested food present for several months. For the past week or so there has been mucus in the stool, and very foul-smelling. Otherwise, she is happy, not in pain, has an appetite, and is gaining weight. I give her kefir everyday and have eliminated cow’s milk (but the kefir is dairy!). Maybe too early to tell if it was the milk? Also, no juice and minimal fruit. Oh yes – she is still b/feeding.
    please email me at jrshinn at gmail dot com.

  • Anonymous - I feel like I am reading about my own child….(except for the kefir)..
    I have a 5 year old son who is gluten-sensitive (what I call undiagnosed celiac), he also tested positive for food allergy to milk, eggs, wheat and several other things; however the allergy test by skin was negative, the blood test was positive, and our doctors have conflicting opinions on what that means…
    Okay, back to the point- I have two younger children that have had foul-smelling, unformed stools for some time now, and cultures have ruled out bacterial, viral and parasitic causes, leaving me to believe that my children may be genetically predisposed to Celiac Disease, or a lesser form of gluten sensitivity. There is now a blood test offered to check for this gene, called Prometheus Celia-Plus panel . There is also a stool test, known as Gluten Sensitivity Stool and Gene Panel Complete
    Fecal Antigliadin. You may have to seek a referal to a pediatric endocrinologists in order to have these tests, which is the area I am headed in. Good luck!

    Thanks to the Gluten-Free Family, I am grateful for your resources!

    Leah W

  • Anonymous - My son is in the middle of having test after test ran. He has had chronic diarrhea since I stopped breastfeeding him at 6 months. It has just recently gotten worse and concering. He has been on soy milk since 1 year. We were asked to stop giving him juice and that didnt help. We took him off the soymilk and are trying hemp milk to see if that might help. So far all that the tests have shown is that his body isnt absorbing nutrients. Any thoughts or ideas?ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - For all of those people posting comments about their children with diarrhoea and/or foul smelling poo, etc, etc. these two things alone are indicators of coeliac disease!! children should not be experiencing these things. it is very important they have a small bowel biopsy to rule in or rule out the presence of coeliac disease – if they do have it, it is lifelong and has massive implications if it goes undiagnosed. stop posting on blogs and get to the general practitioner for a referral to a gastroenterologist – if you are serious about getting your child well again. coeliac disease cannot be diagnosed without a biopsy. this is not an incredibly bad procedure – it is quick and safe. it is better than the child developing all sorts of nasty things as he gets older, as well as being prone to awful infections that go around which he will have no resistance to as his body won't be absorbing vital nutrients from food. Go see the proper medical experts and get coeliac disease excluded!! Parent of two coeliacs (i.e. experienced).ReplyCancel

  • Marlene - I found this while searching about Diarrhea from gluten free food. It is very common for people to get horrible diarrhea from sugar alcohols. Xantham Gum, used in most Gluten free foods is related. After trying a gluten free diet I became dehydrated because of the small amount of Xantham gum added to gluten free baked goods.
    It does not make me feel sick, but my stools are loose. If your family is going Gluten free, you may have a child with a severe reaction to Xantham gum. Just an idea you may not have thought of.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I have a almost 3.5 old, who has been having unformed stools for about 2 years now. He usually only goes 1 time maybe 2 times a day, but it is never formed. He has battled parasites and candida between the ages of 1-2 and last year he and his sister and myself had some kind of funky bacteria, causing regular vomiting and diarrhea etc….which we we no longer have. Otherwise he is happy and healthy, never complains of feeling bad. His does have dry skin though.ReplyCancel

    • linda - Hi there, i have a 4yo boy that has been having unformed stool for more than a year going now. Can you please inform me how’s yr child doing now? Thank you and awaiting yr reply
      God blessReplyCancel

      • - Very well. He is ten years this month and everything is going very well thanks to very strict diet and also testing for nutrient deficiencies as well as chromolyn, an old school allergy medication which reduces inflammation from allergies as well as Trienza, digestive enzymes. Correcting vitamin D levels, zinc and copper and B12 levels were important too.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I have a 15 month old who has had diarrhea since I stopped breastfeeding at 9 mos. He isn't growing as well as he was prior to it. We've been to gastroenterologist and pediatricians. He's had every test and biopsy except for cystic fibrosis. I am curious how the rest of the commenters have been doing and if they found the answer to their child's issues. This is so frustrating. The biopsies did not show celiac, cultures negative, parasites negative.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I've had loose stools my whole life, I just thought I was lucky. Sure beats being impacted!ReplyCancel

  • Liszton McCartney - If the diarrhea has led to dehydration what should be the first treatment to be done?ReplyCancel

  • - If diarrhea has led to dehydation you need to consult your pediatrician immediately. I am not a doctor and I have no medical training. Dehydration is serious and you should definitely consult your pediatrician ASAP if dehydration is an issue. Your pediatrician will make an assessment whether you can give your child fluids which contain electrolytes or if your child needs to be put on fluids through an IV. Good luck and let me know.ReplyCancel

I bought a gluten free peach pie and a fresh carrot, apple, kale juice from Healthy Living in Burlington, Vermont. For me, it doesn’t get much better than this. After being on the road for a week, I felt like I was at a spa when I was wandering around Healthy Living. The gluten free […]

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  • Anonymous - I just ate at a new restaurant in Burlington, Boloco another great option for all of your GFCF needs…but be sure to order large vs. regular sized portions.ReplyCancel

  • Lauren - Vermont sounds so refreshing in contrast to Manhattan!! Sounds like you are having a great summer.


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  • Therapy Mom - We have had very similar experiences! We got all negative IgE tests for foods. The allergist told me it was nothing. We did IgG testing through Great Plains Lab in KS and found all sorts of sensitivities!
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