Thank you for writing in today. I want to provide you with the best possible information, so I have a question. I hope you understand.
What type of juice is he drinking?
How many ounces of liquid does he drink in a day?
Please let me know.
Thank you for responding.
At this point, I would have to agree with the pediatrician. As long as the child continues to gain weight, stay hydrated, and not demonstrate any symptoms of illness, I suspect this is just a benign loose stool issues.
There are a few things presented that may explain some of his diarrhea. First of all, apple juices are known to cause diarrhea. Even if watered down, this could be contributing to the problem. Next, he consumes roughly 44 ounces of liquid per day, this amount of liquid could cause his stools to be more loose. Since he is well hydrated, he does not need to absorb all the fluid in his gastric tract, so some is left and can pass in the stool, making them loose. Also, teething has been known to cause diarrhea in children. Loose stools and teething are common. Finally, since he is stooling after eating and drinking, this is likely due to his gastrocolic reflex. This is the reflex that speeds up the digestion and bowel function after eating and drinking. This reflex is the body's way of speeding up to digest the food and drink. Therefore, once he eats and drinks, his bowel kicks into overdrive to move the food and drink along the way, so his stool at the end of the track comes out.
I hope this helps explain things better. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please let me know.