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Childhood-diseases

Question
Posted by: | 2019/04/24

Q.

Pooping

Hi doctor, my 23 months old son used to be a fussy eater and all this time he was pooping once or twice a day. Now he's eating very well and is pooping three to five times a day. Also when he poops you can actually see the food that he had eaten. Sometimes that food would be in his poo an hour after eating. He doesn't have a runny tummy. Could there be a serious underlying problem?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician
- 2019/04/24

Provided your son is gaining weight and growing normally this is not a serious problem. Even though your son does not have diarrhoea as such, this is known as 'Toddler's diarrhoea' It usually affects children of this age. In most cases the stool frequency is due to a sensitivity to fructose, the natural sugar in fruit. Also in most cases it is either due to eating to much fruit or drinking too much fruit juice. Give your son a complete break from all fruit for at least 10 days and stop all fruit juice. After 10 days he can eat fruit like apples or pears, but no more fruit juice in his diet for several months.

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