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Child diarrhea and vomitting for extended period

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  • Posted By: bonarro75
  • July 26, 2007
  • 00:56 AM

My daughter, 18-months-old, has had diarrhea, vomitting, and gas (cramps, burps and toots) for 4 weeks now. It comes and it goes. She has set a pattern of being sick for a day and then having 2 normal days. So basically she is sick every 3rd day. It always waits exactly 3 days before returning.

Her stool is usually yellow and has been watery for most of the time. Her vomit contains very little water, mostly solid food items. Her burps and toots smell like sulfur. Her stool smells soured, more like vomit than stool. She has not run a fever for most of the time, only a couple of times here and there, and it was low-grade.

She is lactose intolerant (has been since birth), but this runs in both my and my husband's families. She has not had any dairy during this period. And the symptoms came on suddenly.

She has been hospitalized twice now for dehydration. They have tested her for Giardia (caused by drinking tainted water), salmonela, e.coli, urinary tract infection, problems with immuniglobin (spelling ?) A (causes immune deficiency), and blood in the stool. All of these have come back negative. They have also done x-rays, an upper GI, and an ultra-sound, all of which were OK. We are still waiting on results for immuniglobin E (causes another immune derfiency), h.pylori (bacteria that causes ulcers), and cryptosporidium (also caused by tainted water).

If we don't get an answer from the remaining tests, they are going to do a scope and test for celiac disease.

Does this sound familiar to anyone? Please help. We are desparate for an answer.

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  • Has she had a barium enema?
    rad-skw 1605 Replies Flag this Response
  • Not an enima, just the upper GI, but they followed it all the way through the intestines.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • That above reply was from me... forgot to log in. Forgot to mention, GI specialist says there's no blockage. C.Diff came back negative. Symptoms are worse in the middle of the night and early morning. Usually normal by afternoon. The lastest she's thrown up is about noonish.
    bonarro75 8 Replies Flag this Response
  • The upper G.I. with the small bowel follow-thru stops at the large intestine. Maybe something is going on there.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies Flag this Response
  • A sulfur-like smell from stool can be related to a bacterial overgrowth. Sounds like the docs are checking most everything. Hope you have a good children's hospital near you.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies Flag this Response
  • She's made it past her 3-day marker this time. It's been 4 days without throwing up. And she's down to one diarrhea diaper a day. This is a BIG improvement over the 8-9 diapers a day we were having at one point. Hope this means she's on the road to recovery. She has another dr apmt on Monday; will let you know what they say. This week they put her on Axid, an acid reducer with meds to heal any erosions in the esophagus.
    bonarro75 8 Replies Flag this Response
  • She's made it past her 3-day marker this time. It's been 4 days without throwing up. And she's down to one diarrhea diaper a day. This is a BIG improvement over the 8-9 diapers a day we were having at one point. Hope this means she's on the road to recovery. She has another dr apmt on Monday; will let you know what they say. This week they put her on Axid, an acid reducer with meds to heal any erosions in the esophagus. I am sorry for all that you are going through! I have two little ones and can relate - when they get sick it is just terrible. Please get your little one on a children's chewable probiotic - Florabear is a good one - you can find these at any good health food store. This will help rebuild her intestinal flora and should help with the diarrhea. Consider chiropractic or find a NAET (Nambudripad Allergy Elimination Technique) practitioner who can help address the food intolerances...she very likely has more than just dairy/lactose intolerance and this could help her immensely. Common foods are soy, corn, wheat/gluten... Keep her food bland - a rice porridge is very soothing and fortifying: cook 1 cup short grain brown rice to 5 cups water and bring to boil. Simmer this for at least 3-5 hours, the longer the better over a very low flame. I used to make this and put tablespoonfuls on a cookie sheet and put in the freezer. If her vomiting continues or worsens I would suspect Gallbladder issues and would recommend getting that tested. Hopefully this is not the problem since she hasn't been vomiting in the past few days. Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies Flag this Response
  • Well, she has not thrown up for a week now, since we left the hospital the last time. And her stool has solidified and is brown again. We are just down to the burps and toots, which have also got better. She has gained 6 oz, and she acts like she's feeling a lot better. Visited the pediatrician today. All tests came back normal. They are pretty sure it was a vrius that she could not get over for some reason. They all say she was a mystery. We see the GI dr for the last time in 2 weeks, and they will give the OK to wean her off the Axid. Thanks for all your help. And I really appreciate the info on children's chewable probiotic. Oh, and we do see a chiropractor-- helped with acid reflux when she was younger.
    bonarro75 8 Replies Flag this Response
  • I know it's been many years, but if you are still participating in this forum I would love to know if you ever received a diagnosis. My two-year old is experiencing these exact symptoms. We are now in our 3rd week, he's miserable, and the doctors don't seem to be making much progress. I have been doing searches, and this is the first description I have come across that sounds spot-on. Thanks for any information!
    tchroman 1 Replies Flag this Response
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