My 6 year old daughter has been suffering with diarrhoea/runny stools since about the age of 2, passing on average around 6-8 times a day.
She gets stomach pain right before she needs to pass. The stools are thick, but runny and extremely foul smelling. She is still in nappies as she is unable to cope with the mess she makes with this problem. (I have 3 other children, either side in age to her, and they have never had any similar problems). She passes usually either side of meal times and a few times throughout the night and early hours of the morning. Because of her problem I have to home school her and going anywhere out with her is very difficult, as she is unable to control when she needs to go. She also suffers from temper tantrums.
Around the time this started I obviously took her to the local gp. The gp took stool samples and put her symptoms down to 'toddler diarrhorea' telling me she would grow out of it and in the meantime, to try changing a few things in her diet to help bind her stools.
I continued to cope with her problem hoping that my daughter would grow out of it as the doctor had said. Changng various things in my daughter's diet to try to ease the problem, but nothing seemed to make any difference.
When she was around 4 1/2yrs old I took her back to the gp again. The doctor referred us to the local hospital. Again stool samples were taken and blood tests done. The stool samples came back clear, but she was also diagnosed as being anaemic, so I was given some medicine for her for that. I gave her the medicine and it just made matters even worse... the stools were runnier than ever and as black as tar.
I took her back again to the hospital at 5 1/2 yrs old. Again stool samples, blood tests and this time an x-ray of her stomach was done. The doctor sent me a letter summarizing what she found: "heart sounds were normal with a 1-2/6 ejection systolic murmur at the left sternal adge, which I suspect maybe a flow murmur from the anaemia. She had palpable loops of bowel in her abdomen and her bottom was sore with some small ulcers. I am not sure as to the cause of the diarrhoea but I note the coeliac screen was negative. Haemoglobin was 9.3 with a microcytic hypochromomic picture and low serum iron and ferritin levels. Electrolytes, glucose and thyroid function are normal. I wonder if she was constipated with overflow. Her x-ray shows some faecal residue in the descending colon, which makes ulcerative colitis less likely, although there may be some bowel wall thickening in the transverse colon so colitis should be considered."
Still no solution and her problem continues. Her problem if affecting the whole family and is unfair on her.
I just want her to get better and be like other 6 year olds.
Please can anyone help?