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my son's belly is cause our family problems, help! Update!

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For the past month my 7 year old has been complaining of belly aches and headaches. He's had off and on diarrhea for the past 3 weeks. Wednesday he started vomiting and had even worse diarrhea. Friday I took him to the doctor when the vomiting and diarrhea continued. He tested positive for strep. While we were there we talked about the diarrhea, belly aches and headaches he's been having. He had us go to get some blood work done and over the next 48 hours we had to collect stool for testing. He recommended we switch his diet to eliminate diary things like yogurt, cheese milk, chocolate ect. He is doing better. The diarrhea is almost gone but he is still complaining of belly aches and headaches. He asked if he could skip sparring class. I don't know what is going on. Has anyone else dealt with this? If so what was the problem?

Got a call from my son's ped this morning. The results of the blood work are in. She said what they were looking for came back high. Two of the test liver and something else the levels came back high. She said it probably was due to him having strep. She said they added two more test to the list of test but they said they don't have to draw more blood. They were going to use what they already have. We won't know the results of the stool samples yet. What do you make of these results? Dh thinks they may feel something is up but don't want to say until they do some more tests. Possible?
Posted by Anonymous on Feb. 4, 2013 at 8:03 PM
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by Summer on Feb. 4, 2013 at 8:08 PM
My friends daughter had something very similar. I forgot what the situation was, but they couldn't eat dairy for at least 6 months. Her mom is a chef, so learn how to cook differently. My son is deathly allergic to dairy, so we are dairy free (which is very different than nondairy). So we just helped guide them.

The big thing people mistake is margarine because unless it is plant based oils, its derived from milk which causes problems as well. Earth Balance makes a great vegan buttery spread.
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by on Feb. 4, 2013 at 8:46 PM
Not sure. Bump.
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by on Feb. 4, 2013 at 8:58 PM

Is/has he been tested for celiac, gluten/dairy sensitivities?

I recently had to remove gluten and dairy from our diet. My 2yo has sensory processing disorder (a "cousin" of sorts to autism I guess). My breastfed 10mo DS has eczema and reflux. All of these things (and the things you mentioned) are can be to something called "leaky gut". This is something only DD's SPD occupational therapist and a specialist we saw at the Marcus Autism Center in Atlanta has mentioned to us. Our pediatrician doesn't know squat about it.

You may need to go the extra step and remove gluten as well. You should see results in a week or two. If you do try removing gluten, give it at least two weeks before you decide it is or isn't working.

This dietary change is not exactly easy (especially since your son probably goes to school outside the home and you may or may not be a sahm). But it is worth it!!

I have a pinterest board full of recipes and ideas that aren't super complicated. I don't want to post it here because it's linked to my FB account, so if you want the link just message me. I'm not doing gluten free baking until I know for sure that we will be gluten free long term. Being gluten/dairy free isn't too hard once you get the hang of it.

I have a Kindle book called the Autism & ADHD diet (gluten/casein free... casein = dairy). You can borrow it for free if you have a kindle or the kindle program for your computer, ipod etc. Just message me. It was an excellent help to get me going in the right direction.

BTW some kids also have a soy sensitivity.

Aside from that, here are my recommendations for dairy-free products...

Earth Balance spread

I don't like soy milk. Plain rice milk is more like regular milk. I've heard of a powdered potato-based mix that people swear tastes just like regular milk.

Daiya cheeses are available in the natural food section at grocery stores. It's kind of expensive though.

You can get coconut milk yogurt at Trader Joes. It's a lot better than soy yogurt imo.

There's vegan cream cheese at trader joes as well. Not bad at all.

by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Feb. 4, 2013 at 9:15 PM
I am a stay at home mom. My seven year old has asthma, urticaria, eczema, lots of air born allergies to things like cig smoke, mold, dust dirt, dog dander, pollen, grass, trees ect. I have a 5 year old who has adhd and a learning disability along with a lazy eye accompained by a stigmtism and far sightedness. My 2 year old is allergic to apples, fructose and really processed and fatty foods/greasy foods. They give him a tummy ache and very bad diarrhea that will eat away at his butt. it's a challenge to find things for my 2 year old to eat. I read labels like crazy and make as much from scratch as I can. The only food allergy my 7 year old has ever had was to ranch dressing. When he was around 2 he started getting a red ring around his mouth and his throat would look all red and Bumpy with big knots all over it every time he would eat ranch dressing. It lasted for about 3 years. The past two years it hasn't been so bad as long as 8 by a certain brand. Is it possible for him to be developing food allergies?
by on Feb. 4, 2013 at 9:23 PM
Yup. You can develop allergies at any time in life and with no warning. A good friend of kine almost died from an allergy to penacilin. (Sp?) He was 22! Had taken it all his life when needed! It was crazy!

I wouldnt mess with any ranch for that little guy. Genuine allergies get worse with each exposer. I am allergic to fresh water fish andbI waited tables for years, including friday night fish fry. I didnt know they get worse. Well, i have become so hyper sensitive that i cant even go out to eat on fridays now! If you et broiled perch at the table next to me... my throat will close from the oils in the steam/air. It is pretty dangerous when you are developing hives in your throat, which is what it sounds like he is doing. Seriously dangerous. My dr wants me to start carrying an epi pen cuz i react so severly now. Ugh. What a pain!

Good luck!
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by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Feb. 5, 2013 at 10:57 AM
by Anonymous 2 on Feb. 5, 2013 at 10:59 AM

That sounds like IBS (irritable bowl syndrome) I have it as does most of my family on my mom's side

by Bronze Member on Feb. 5, 2013 at 11:03 AM

Cut out gluten.  I bet things will start to normalize.

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