Food Intolerance to Marshmallows?

April - posted on 02/15/2010 ( 14 moms have responded )

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Ok, My son is 15 months old. He has had diarrhea for 4 weeks now. The day before he got it my dad had given him some mini marshmallows. My son had diarrhea for about two weeks. Took him to the doc and everything and he had just got done taking an antibiotic for his ear infections so we thought it was from that. Well, it's been four weeks now and it's not going away. I tried not giving him milk, been giving him yogurt with probiotics in it. Then my father watched my son again and i told him not to give him any marshmallows. I said that i didnt think he had the poops from that, but just in case i didnt want him having any more. Then his poop started going from solid to liquid for a few days. And, i thought he was finally getting better. Then, my dad took him again a couple days after his poops were at least semi solid and gave him marshmallows again! Now, he has diarrhea again. I didnt realize this when i had taken him to the doctor again so i did not tell them. The doc took sample of his diapers and sent them to the lab. I have not heard back from them yet. Has anyone elses children ever had a reaction to marshmallows? I know it's not an allergy. If it were an allergy then he would get hives and swell up and all that stuff. But an intolerance can cause diarrhea and upset stomach. I just don't know what to do anymore. He's not losing weight, he drinks a lot of liquid, and eats. Sometimes he wont eat and when he doesnt it's bc he poops about ten minutes later. I've tried Googling marshmallow intolerances and can't find anything or anyone else with the problem so it's obviously not a common thing. I'm just lookin at ALL possibilities at this point. These two times that he's eaten marshmallows are the only two times he's ever had them. Other than that i have not changed anything in his diet at all.

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Anna - posted on 12/26/2013

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My little girl actually has bad hives after trying marshmallows! She was especially irritated where it touched the skin or was sticky on her skin. I'm going to give her some Benadryl! No more marshmallows! Lots of ingredients in there from chemicals she could react to.

Kim - posted on 02/19/2010

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Marshmallows have preservatives in them which may be made with wheat/gluten/modified food starch. He may have a gluten sensitivity/celiac disease...my husband has it. He can eat a certain brand of marshmallows, but not all. Does he react well to crackers, cookies, bread etc? And that's not tested with a poop sample...they do a blood test to check for antibodies, and if any are detected, they go for a full diagnostic test. And food allergies are not only displayed with hives and skin rash...there's lots of ways food allergies and sensitivities are displayed.

April - posted on 02/19/2010

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I tried everything to make his poop solid. I've given him a load of cheese and rice and everything you could imagine that would make someone constipated and nothing was working. I'm just glad that he's going back to normal now :) Makes life a little easier. I couldnt even bring him to the grocery store without him going to the bathroom and it would leak out his diaper and clothes...ah, just glad things are normal now :)

Kendall - posted on 02/19/2010

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Glad to hear that things are looking up. If you know of anything that causes constipation in him, you can try giving a small amount to help firm things up a bit faster. My girls react to bananas by getting constipated, so they don't get them often, but if they ever get diarrhea, I make an emergency trip to the store for some bananas! Works like a charm everytime. Good luck and hopefully...hopefully, ya'll will be back to normal from now on!

April - posted on 02/19/2010

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OK! Update....I finally got my father to stop giving him those damn marshmallows! He's had 4 solid poops in a row in 2 1/2 days now. The doctor called me back about his diaper samples that were sent to the lab and it all came back ok. The doc said that he might have just had a tummy bug (it's been going around) He had the poops for over 4 weeks! I'm so glad it's over (i think) My fingers are crossed :) Thank you everyone for your help :) :) :)

Shannon - posted on 02/17/2010

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I came across your post and it sounds like it could be a sensitivity. Maybe the amount of sugar in them has thrown his system off track, or it could be an allergy. I would look into getting a second and third opinion also. Check out this link, maybe it can help. "http://www.enotalone.com/article/9346.html"

April - posted on 02/16/2010

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He has been eating eggs for a long time now. He loves eggs and he's never had a problem with eating them either. I've even tried giving him a ton of rice cereal bc when he was younger he couldnt eat it bc it made him constipated....not working. Hmmm. i'm just puzzled

Lisa - posted on 02/16/2010

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Does you son eat eggs? Some brands of marshmallows have egg in them. Maybe that is what is bothering him. Just a suggestion.

April - posted on 02/16/2010

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i'm waiting for results back from the lab on the diaper samples that i gave them. I have taken him to the doc for this..twice now. And, i've called them a million times. They just don't know why he has diarrhea. So, we're waiting for results from the lab and hopefully they can give us some answers

April - posted on 02/16/2010

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There's more than just sugar in Marshmallows. Not much more, but there's a few more things in it. They are just plain marshmallows, no colors. Well, he doesnt eat much of anything that's loaded with sugar. I don't give him candy or kool aid or anything like that. if he has anything with sugar it's fruit and stuff like that. I just don't know what is causing this! It's getting very frustrating for me and i couldnt begin to imagine what it's like for him to have diarrhea for 4 weeks!! I can't even take him to public places or anything anymore. The last two times i have then he poops and it seeps out his diaper and onsie, and pants. Then, i have a huge mess to clean and clothes to change...in a bathroom stall at the mall...Not fun. My husband is at boot camp so i'm left alone to go grocery shopping and stuff. It's really hard when i get a cart full of stuff and our coats, diaper bag, my purse...everything...is in the cart and he poops. i can't bring the cart in the bathroom with me so i have to take all our belongings out and bring them in the bathroom with us. Ugh, it's such a pain. I just want his poops to go back to normal! Sorry, just lettin my frustration out :)

Mary-Ann - posted on 02/15/2010

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are they colored marshmallows. Maybe he has an allergy to the dye being used in them. Allergies to red dye especially is quite common.

Emilie - posted on 02/15/2010

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I have never heard of that, marshmallows is nothing but sugar, I think if he had intolerence to marshmallows then he would react that way when he eats other things with sugar.

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