I have a preschooler who recently began having "stomach" issues. First, she was breastfed for a year. She was also never a big milk drinker, but loved cheese and yogurt and broccoli so I never worried about it.
A year ago, she had traveled overseas (to a developed country in Europe & we did not drink tap or well water while there) on vacation. A month later, she had a severe bout of diahrea for 3 weeks. I was taking her to the dr after a couple of days since it didn't seem normal to me at the time. She was tested for parasites and had a stool culture done. They came back negative. I was advised to remove all dairy from her diet including whey, etc. A couple of weeks later it cleared up on it's own. I reintroduced milk and dairy into her diet a couple of weeks after that, being told that if it WAS milk, she would immediately show symptoms again, which she did not. The dr wrote it off as not knowing the cause.
A year later, there has been new stress in the home and we moved far away and she started school, where they gave her milk at both snack times and lunch. She began to have bouts of diahrea. One day, cramps and what I would call constipation, the next diahrea, the next no b.m. OR, one day diahrea, another diahrea, and another no b.m. It kept going like that, including having accidents, which made no sense, as she has been potty trained for over 3 years now.
She also has a red ring around her anus. Her gums are pale, but she is tested for iron every 6 months and has great iron levels. Her stomach is "hyperactive" and distended, according to the dr I took her to regarding this several times. She was having repeated bouts of yeast infections which has since cleared when I gave her soy yogurt and gut flora supplements for 3 weeks a couple of months ago. She constantly said her bellybutton hurts, and around it, specifically above it as well. She is also gassy.
The dr suggested I stop giving her dairy again, which I stopped 2 months ago. She also recommended fiber supplements. The diahrea has stopped for the most part, except for an accident maybe every other week, and diahrea about every other week as well. Her stomach is still distended and noisy.
She was also tested once again for parasites and had a stool culture done which again came back negative. We had a blood test done for any allergies and it came back negative for absolutely everything, which seems odd to me as everyone is supposed to be allergic to SOMETHING, even if it's only a little bit.
As a side note, she is very mature and highly intelligent for her age, according to the dr's who have met her and everyone she speaks to as well.
I'm waiting to see a gastroentorologist (sp?) but would appreciate any help in the meantime.