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I doubt the stool tests will show anything as essentially all diarrhea in infants and toddlers is due to a virus so nothing shows up on the tests.
The most likely reason he is still having loose stools is due to the loss of some of the absorptive layer of cells in the bowel that allow us to break down sugars and other compounds so they can be absorbed. Lactase enzyme is secreted by these cells and thus lactose intolerance is common after a virus and dairy products can cause him to continue to have diarrhea.
Other enzymes the body needs to absorb the various sugars and other carbohydrates may be impaired as well so fruit juices can be a problem too.
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As adviced by my pediatrician haven't given him dairy mainly just pedialyte. He is eating but everything goes right through him. my only concern is how long can this go on without a real concern?
You should give him his normal foods but might avoid juices as well as the dairy products for a while. It can take some babies 2-3 weeks to recover the lining of their intestines and until the soft or even runny stools are common and you will even see undigested food in his diaper.
I do see undigested food and with his stomach being so bloated that's normal?
This is due to the fact that when food cannot be digested the bacteria in the stool begin to attack it by fermentation, which causes gas, bloating, cramping and loose stools.
Apple, white grape and pear juice have lots of fructose (fruit sugar) and sorbitol, both of which can cause these symptoms so you should avoid them along with dairy products.
Ok thank you so much that was very helpful.
Be sure to check the labels of all foods and drinks you give him and avoid anything with fructose (including high fructose corn syrup) and fructose in them.
ok thanks again
You are quite welcome and he will get over this soon. When he is better you may reintroduce these foods slowly and he should be fine.
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