Iridescent - posted on 04/19/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )
We have a 3 year old that is developmentally delayed and likely autistic. He's always suffered from chronic diarrhea, to the point where he has only had 2 "normal" stools in his life, both of which were coated in lots of mucous. We thought he was having major allergies, so we started the elimination diet.
Pulled milk. His "asthma" disappeared! We were so happy. His diarrhea calmed down, but didn't disappear. Removed and reintroduced tomatoes to find it's a definite trigger. Had no progress with other foods for a long time, but now literally everything we feed him causes diarrhea. If he eats, he has liquid stools. Period.
We got him in for allergy testing on Wednesday (2 days from now). Took him to his therapy appointments and while there happened to comment that he can't blow out. So we tested it. He can't blow out a candle, or a blow a whistle, or a little puff ball off his lips, or his nose. We opened up a party thing and had him blow into the tissue paper to see how much volume he has; he took a deep breath and blew for all he had. He filled the tube 7 inches...thin little tube, estimated 75mL volume. No wonder the kid can't blow! He currently does not have a lung infection or asthma symptoms.
Remembered more of his history, some of which includes a full year of pneumonia that finally resolved last May. Called the allergy clinic and requested we do more testing when we go in. The allergy clinic assesses for asthma along with the allergens, so no problem there. But we also want to find out if his constant diarrhea is possibly not due to allergies but to an absorption problem and related to his lung problems, because even if he has asthma, his breathing should be ok when not infected or having an attack, and it is not. So we're going to have CF tested for as well. It's looking more and more likely, everything we look at.
Anyone else dealing with this or allergies plus asthma that acts like this?