Does your autisitic child have formed poop?

Crystal - posted on 07/11/2012 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My son is 6 years old and I do not honestly believe he has ever had a solid bowel movement. Does anyone else notice this? I thought maybe he has Celiac, but maybe it's from having Autism? My son is diagnosed with Moderate Autism. He is nonverbal, not potty trained, not aggressive but has meltdowns. (mostly screaming and Kicking the ground). It bothers me that his poop is not normal so I'm asking. :) He doesn't seem to have any tummy pain or anything, just runny smelly poop.

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Nahony - posted on 07/12/2012

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My son used to have no solids either, but after I putted him in the CFGF diet, this issues improved a lot, but at the beginning he had diarrhea for a month and then after that everything became better, it has been 18 months now we are just GF, but he eats a lots of yougurt, and icecream sometimes, he is almost potty train, before the diet he was not even aware when he pee on himself, now he goes to the toillet to pee and the poop thing, well we are still working on it. Also my son used to cry a lot, now he is mostly happy. He is 5 years and 5 month.

Danielle - posted on 07/12/2012

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There is a book by Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride called "Gut and Psychology Syndrome" which talks about the connection between the function (or poor function) of the digestive system and the brain. Have a look at http://www.gaps.me/?page_id=20
Additional research also suggests, in the same vein, that gut dysbiosis (imbalance of the microflora in the gut) can lead to toxins working through the digestive tract and affecting the brain function. Some believe that this can cause some of the signs of Autism. Constant diarrhea can be a sign that there is an imbalance in the microflora. See http://www.epidemicanswers.org/epidemic/...
It may be worth seeing a dietitian and getting some tests done (eg. poop samples) to see what the levels of bacteria, yeast etc are in the gut.
Good luck!

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Jacqui - posted on 08/12/2012

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My 8 year old can't poop and needs a weekly colonic to get the coffee mug sized hard lumps out. I often wish he had the opposite. He is yellow between colonics with swollen eyes and cries in pain while biting himself and holding his stomach. The Dr's and specialists all say "This is normal for him". I pray every night and day for his healing. He can't speak a word to tell us what's going on so Dr's try to fool us into thinking it's bad behavior or wanting attention. What child would hold feces inside his body for years for attention? Is he turning himself yellow and swelling his eyes for attention too?

Lisa - posted on 07/13/2012

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my 8 year old nephew is GFCF and has formed poops and now, with the improved behavior, he has learned to crouch over the toilet!!! He makes it in there 90% of the time!!! :)

Tina - posted on 07/13/2012

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My son is 21 and still not potty trained. His "poop" hadn't been solid since he was an infant. He was put on formula because he didn't have the strength to breast feed. Then, I had to give him glycerin suppositories to go. Now he poops 5-6 times a day . Never anything that can be dumped in toilet. He has gone on toilet, but I think likes the feeling of dirty pants. (?) he wears underwear because if he had depends then for sure he'd wet them. So I spend alot of time scrubbing underwear , pants, or shorts. I'm sick to death of it. I've even gotten to the point of throwing underwear away. But it's costly. Dr.s say it's all behavioral, and try things to thicken his stool. Metemucil was suggested, but he refuses. I'm going to try a more fiber rich diet. Maybe if he feels the stool....... ?? I don't know. Hang in there! I think this is normal for some autistic kids. Tina

Anaquita - posted on 07/12/2012

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I say go see a doctor about it. They'll check for food allergies, etc. My son has normal bowel movements, provided he avoids lactose.

Danielle - posted on 07/11/2012

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My 3.5 year old has very soft stools often.
I noticed that it isn't very firm, but is often very clay-like, and occasionally diahreah.

There was research done by David Suzuki about a connection between a bacterial in the digestive tracts of Autistic people, which affects their behaviors.. Apparently over 70 percent of people with Autism also have irregular bowel movements...

Jenn - posted on 07/11/2012

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my 3 year old autistic son has solid poop but does have soft poop often...and its always very smelly

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