My son was diagnosed with Toddler's Diarrhea, anyone ever hear of this?

Karmi - posted on 05/20/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )




Today was finally the day my son got to see a GI doctor! Ever since the day he started whole milk he would have diarrhea, then we went back to formula for a few weeks and it stopped. So I then put him on Soy because after trying whole milk again it started. The doctor pretty much told me he was lactose intolerant and it should stop. Well it didn't, even with Soy milk and Pedialtye it would still continue. For the past two weeks he was on Pedialyte, instructed by his doc, so we waited to see the GI. Well instead of saying my son has some severe illness or is lactose intolerant, he said my son has Toddler's Diarrhea! I have never heard of such a thing. Apparently it can be normal and can continue up until 4 years of age! Really diarrhea and blow outs for another 3 years, you're crazy! But I guess it is better then nothing at all, and I'm glad he isn't lactose intolerant, soy produtcs were making a hole in my wallet. So has anyone ever heard of Toddler's Diarrhea, and if so how did you treat it??? Thanks!


Dawn - posted on 10/18/2011




my daughter has it and i have finally got her potty trained. she is 4 in march. i just kept her in knickers and if she had accident didnt make a thing of it just asked her "where should we do poo" she has finally got the hang of it. she has only been in knickers since the beginning of aug. it is still horrible and smelly and i have to clean her but i was told she will not be trained till she about 5 so i think she has done really well x x

Iridescent - posted on 05/21/2010




Since it does stop on formula, I'd push for allergy testing via an Allergist before accepting that diagnosis. A sensitivity even to both milk and soy can cause this. One of our children we recently found out is allergic to milk and tomato, and intolerant to soy and citrus. It required allergy testing (skin prick) as the blood tests were always negative. And it caused constant diarrhea.

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AJJ - posted on 09/07/2012




You can't treat it, it is just something they will eventually grow out of, and it has to do with the way their gut processes food - or at least that is what I was told by the pediatric allergy specialist who said my daughter wasn't allergic to anything and just had toddler diarrhea instead. IIf they get to 4 or so and are going to school and it becomes a social problem then they will look aat treating it with an anti diarrhea solution. change of clothes, wipes, etc at the ready!!

Jen - posted on 07/21/2011




Hi my son was diagnosed 6 months ago with Toddler Diarrhea syndrome as well, he is now 3 1/2 years old and has had it since about 6 months old when solids we introduced. No signs of it stop anytime soon and having difficulty as he is due to start kindy next year but cant until he is fully toilet trained. Anyone who has any success with this please let me know. Cheers

Alecia - posted on 05/20/2010




An entity called chronic nonspecific diarrhea of childhood, formerly called toddler's diarrhea, also warrants mention. It occurs in children between the ages of 6 months and 36 months. It is characterized by 2 or more loose stools per day lasting for over 1 month. It is not associated with blood in the stool, pain, fever, or weight loss. The cause is unknown. It is frustrating for parents as the volume of stool is usually large, causing overflow out of the diaper, and it can delay toilet training in these toddlers. Most children will outgrow this disorder by the age of 3 years. Children should remain on a regular diet, with attention to limiting the amount of fruit juices (especially apple, pear, and peach). If parents find the condition very bothersome, they should discuss the possibility of using psyllium, cholestyramine, or metronidazole with their child's physician. These have been used with varying success.

-From Pediatric

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