one year old with diarrhea..need help.

Tiphani - posted on 06/26/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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my 17 month old daughter has had diarrhea for about the past month. i cant even remember when she had a "normal" poop. the color of it varys from green to orange. i've asked my pediatrician and she just said to watch out when she eats/drinks dairy products and if thats what causing her to have diarrhea and she could be lactose intolerant. but she's never had diarrhea unless she was teething. has anyone else ever had this happen to their toddler?

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Heidi - posted on 07/17/2009

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My son had diarrhea from December until April!! (He was 14 months when it started) We had him at several dr's, ran many stool samples that all came back fine. Because he was still gaining weight and 'thriving' none of the Dr's where that worried, but I was! We were going through clothes like crazy, because it was very messy!! I mean, waking up in the morning with poop up to his shoulders! They said to stop dairy and it would go away, he had no dairy for over 3 months and it didn't do anything. We did a round or two of anti biotics incase it was some type of stomach bug, but nothing worked!

FINALLY, some one suggested acidophilus. It is a 'good' bacteria, that you can get at health food stores or pharmacies. Within 2 weeks of taking this daily, the diarrhea was gone!! Since it's all natural, we've just continued giving it to him and it's never come back! good luck!!

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Tiphani - posted on 07/17/2009

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Thanks everyone! The diarrhea has stopped! Someone mentioned juice could make her have diarrhea, i didn't know that, im a first time mom. I reduced her juice intake and we havent had any problems! Thanks!

Dara - posted on 06/28/2009

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My twin daughters went through that for almost two moths. You should definitely give her pedialite. Apple juice, juicy juice and all of those juices you would normally give her will not help. They have a lot of sugar and she will continue with the diarrhea. Ginger Ale also helps. Milk will keep it going as well. Pedialite has flavors, so you don't have to worry that she won't like it. I would stay away from dairy products for a day or so once you start the pedialite. Good luck.

Heather - posted on 06/28/2009

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I am not sure what to say if it's happening for a long time, but my son had diarrhea once and my dad gave me an old trick where he told me to let him drink coke... I know the last thing you'd want to give them, but the next morning he woke up and it was gone completely!!!!!!

Sarah - posted on 06/28/2009

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My son had this. It started at 16mths and we have only just found the root of the problem (hes now 30mths). He had a bowel parasite - probably picked up from eating wet sand. Gardia. A course of pills settled it down and he is doing 1-2 formed poos a day.

Our GP told me he had toddler diarrhea. Then he told em he was lactose intollerant and gluten intollerant. I tried all the diets and nothing worked. Which of course it wouldn't seeing as he had a parasite!!!

Anyway ask for your daughter to have a stool sample taken. If it shows up nothing then go onto a loctose free diet first. You can buy milk/yoghurt etc that has no lactose. Just dont' bother with the lactose free cheese - its aweful!!

Good luck hope its something pretty simple - oh forgot to add. If she does have a parasite or anything like that still have her on a lactose free diet for a few months to let her gut settled down.

Tiphani - posted on 06/27/2009

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no she doesnt seem to have a tummy ache. she still goes about her own bussiness. she's the typical one year old. i just dont understand if she IS lactose intolerant, how come all of a sudden she is? i thought it was something they were born with. she's NEVER had problems with diarrhea unless she was teething. i just hope and pray she isnt lactose intolerant! it would suck for her! cause she's not a picky eater and when she sees something she wants, SHE WANTS IN THEN! it would just be so sad to tell her she cant eat something. =/

someone mentioned to give her yogurt if she is lactose intolerant. isnt yogurt a dairy product? im confused!

Jessica - posted on 06/27/2009

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just please make sure she doesn't get dehydrated. My son had a very bad case and I mean very bad case of the stomach flu and ended up in the hospital from dehydration. I would agree with the pediatrician on the dairy thing. My son is lactose intolerant and his stool gets loser and green when he has regular dairy products. Does she tell you or show signs of a tummy ache? If she gets a tummy ache on top of the stools good sign of lactose intolerance. That's how I came to the conclusion my son was lactose intolerant and once I cut out the regular dairy his stools went back to normal. Never had orange ones though but that doesn't mean anything b/c every child is different

Vanessa - posted on 06/27/2009

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sudden diarrhea can be a lactose intolerant thing but many other things as well like heat allergie to a new food, ear infectons or being breastfeed.

Kathryn - posted on 06/27/2009

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there is pops out that will keep her from dehdrateing that will be good for this time of the year and also pedialyte

Candice - posted on 06/27/2009

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i just researched this cuz my daughter had diarrhea last week (then i got it). the reasons aren't likely the same, but the research might help.

1) the lactose could be an issue...but may not. try the switch..see if it helps

2) the BRAT diet mentioned stands for Bananas, Rice (or other starchy foods such as potatoes), applesauce, and toast. some doctors don't agree that you should limit foods though and believe that all foods should be offered. most agree that you should limit them for at least 24 hours though.

3) there is something called Toddler's Diarrhea that refers to prolonged diarrhea in toddlers. they think it's linked to too much fruit juice...so try limiting or eliminating fruit juice.



as for diarrhea during teething, i have heard this from other moms but my daughter never had that issue...so i'm not sure.

Holly - posted on 06/26/2009

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Hello my namw is Holly and i have 3 boys 9yr old 6yr old and 211/2 months old !Honestly yed this happend with my youngest and i took him off whole % vit d and put him on lactose free v d with in 11/2 he was all better !Try it she proubly has no emmzine and also try no surger my dr calls it the BRAT diet Bannans ,rice ,apples ,toast no jellys ect !!!!!!have her eat some yourget ,you can also get some pedisure those are lactose free as well Good luck keep us posted

Susan - posted on 06/26/2009

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Yes, but only when mu kids were teething. Pedialyte really works for my kids, so you can try that. Within 24 hours, I see a change. No need to buy the brand name one. I buy the Walmart kind and it's the same thing for cheaper. Feed her bananas, applesauce, rice cereals and see if that helps.

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