Childhood Diseases

Posted by: lizelle | 2013-02-18


constipation or food allergies


I have a 5 year old daughter who often complains about an achy tummy after she''s eaten food. Lately it has been breakfast that''s the problem.

I am not sure if this is a constipation problem or an allergy problem.
When she was 2 her paed put her on pegicol for about 2 years. i weened her off that and have tried to introduce fiber into her diet.
The has a slight allergy to eggs so i can''t give her an egg for breakfast. She doesn''t want to eat anymore yoghurt as she''s gone off that now and won''t eat porridge with cows milk or lactose free milk. i don''t know what to give her anymore.

also if she eats a lot of fruit she''ll complain that her vagina is burning and when i look her vagina and bum will be red, just like a bum rash. I put on bum cream and the next day its better. Is the fruit causing her urine to burn her vagina and bum?

Not sure what to do. She often complains about a crampy tummy. What can i give her for cramps and flatulence besides buscopan?


Expert's Reply



Your daughter's symptoms suggest that she has a condition called the "Irritable Bowel Syndrome' or IBS. You will find lots of good advice if you read about IBS on this website:
She should avoid eating cabbage, cauliflower and brocolli,spicy foods, fatty foods and hard cheese. One of the best foods for her is mealies and popcorn as well as muesli with high fibre, sunflower seeds and nuts. Strangely enough she should not have too much fruit and in any case she also has another problem due to eating acid fruits.
She should have a good probiotic such as Probiflora every day.

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Posted by: lizelle | 2013-02-18

thank you for your reply. i am well acquainted with IBS, being a sufferer myself and at the age of 41 i still don''t know what to eat and not to eat. i will introduce probiflora on a daily basis. I have found popcorn to be a bit of a problem for me and have noticed its not something she enjoys eating. she eats a lot of yoghurt and i thought that might help but no, it doesn''t. She doesn''t eat cabbage, cauliflower, spicy foods. Not sure what in her diet could be causing this.

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