Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Mom of boys | 2010-07-20

Q.

Painfull stomach

Hi Dr, my 2.5yr old son has been crying with stools for the last 5 days now...He was also complaining of sore penis. He didn''t really have runny tummy, but it is a bit loose and smell bad. He might have 2-3 stools instead of 1 a day...I took him to pead yesterday that said that he doesn''t feel any obstruction or rectal blockage. We took urine and stool monsters to be tested and we started him on Flagyl and another antibiotic and probiflora. I know from the past that he sometimes get runny tummy from cows milk so we''ve been avoiding it, but not totally...What I want to know: If the stool test comes back negative, could this symptoms be a sign of food allergy...(he does suffer from mild asthma and rhinitis-|-well). Past RAST tests were negative(last one done 1 yr ago). Does a food allergy alway result in annafilaxis or could symptoms like his also be because of food allergy? When is it an allergy and when only intollerance?

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

The symptoms you describe with your son may just possibly result from a food allergy.A food allergy results from the food setting off a reaction involving the immune system.The reaction does not have to be as serious as anaphylaxis but can simply show up as vomiting the food or having diarrhoea.Your son is an allergic little boy as he has asthma and allergic rhinitis but in spite of this food allergies are unlikely. This is because the RAST for milk and other foods were negative. More likely is a food intolerance such as lactose intolerance. Here there is a defect or inability to digest the milk sugar called lactose which is present in milk. Lactose intolerance is very common and affects at least 10% of children in this country.It would be worthwhile putting your son on a completely dairy free diet for at least 3 days to see if he improves.Substitute soya milk and soya yoghurt for the dairy products.

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Posted by: romi | 2010-07-22

I have an 11 day old baby girl born at term (39/40) via Caesar for poor progress.she currently has the problem of abdominal cramps and stubborn wind..she is exclusively breastfed and has normal stools and is putting on weight well..what is your advice with regards to this..

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