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6 year old with recurring diarrhea/vomiting
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An_221909 posted:
My 6 year old son has been having problems with diarrhea and vomiting for a few years. The symptoms will come and go, sometimes lasting a few days. He complains of stomach aches, but I asked him if he had pain when he goes to the bathroom, he says no. It has become a problem now that he can no longer hold it and will have accidents before reaching the bathroom, even at school. He will wake up in the night complaining of a stomach ache and will vomit a few times, and then by morning he feels better. He does not run a fever. We have taken him to the doctor a few times and this last visit he told us to withhold dairy to see if he was lactose intolerant, but he is still having trouble. Any suggestions?
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Louise_WebMD_Staff responded:
I would look into a pediatric GI specialist. It could be anything from the lactose-to gluten-to a gi disorder or food sensitivity to stress. In any case, a professional should look into it.
 
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beachgirl64 responded:
agree with PP, my son had similar issues and we took him to a pedi gi doctor. Turns out he has reflux (still) and a few food allergies which were found with a simple blood test. Since he has started taking the reflux meds and we cut a few things out of his diet he is doing much better.

He still has some episodes of stomach ache/vomitting but very few, usually when he eats alot of acid foods, like pizza or drinks alot of orange juice.

Good luck.
 
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Raelynn831 responded:
Another possibility.... My daughter had the same problem when she was 5, diarrhea, vomiting, no fever... Changed her diet, but it didn't help... After yet another visit to the doctor, I was told to see about any patterns in her being sick... I wrote down everything she did daily (even the most minute and seemingly unimportant detail)...Come to find out she had trouble dealing with certain stresses... She and I began to talk about things she worried about, things that at her age she shouldn't have too, and found that she just needed to understand the things she stressed over to see that there was nothing to worry about... She is 10 now and when those stresses come back up she and I will talk about it... She isn't on any medication and does fine... And now when she is sick its not stress that keeps her bound to the toilet... Hope its something as simple as just needing to talk...
 
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psqrt replied to Louise_WebMD_Staff's response:
My 8 month old granddaughter has these same symtoms and the dr. here has diagnosed her with C Diff. What I was trying to find was a special diet we can use. Do you know where I might be able to find one? Any ideas?
 
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Louise_WebMD_Staff replied to psqrt's response:
C. Diff must be treated with antibiotics. There is evidence that treatment with probiotics -- good bacteria that repopulate the gut -- makes antibiotic treatment more effective and prevents relapse. Saccharomyces boulardii appears to be particularly effective, although good results have been seen with Lactobacillus species as well.

Make sure everyone in the house is washing hands quite a lotto prevent spread of the disease.

Here is more information on C. Diff-what you need to know .


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