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    my 4 year old daughter suffers with a constant stomach pain, sometimes it gets worse but she says she has it all the time, she doesnt have constipation or vomiting but does get very sore arround her bum. my doctor is useless and just gave her laxatives , any ideas





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    Hi. I have a 19 month old girl and ever since she was 6 month old she has been sick back to back. It always seems to be the same kind of illness. She has headache, runny nose, sickness & diarrhoea, goes off her food, has a high temp and sometimes she has discharge from her eyes. I understand that children pick up a lot of illnesses but as a mother I just no something is not right. In the last year she has been in hospital with it 6 times and they just tell me the same thing, that its a virus she will be fine. But she's not fine. She's I'll a lot more than she's well. Please help me I just want my daughter to be able to enjoy life and not be I'll. Thank u Leeanne





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    My 3 1/2 year old son dribbles and spits alot. He seems to have an excess of 'fluid' which results in the dribbles and spitting. In addition to this it 'sounds' as though he has fluid in his chest. Over a period of a few weeks the fluid builds up, causes him to cough and eventually he coughs so much that he vomits the fluid up. It then starts all over again until he vomits a few weeks later. The ENT consultant had no idea, one doctor has suggested 'secretion asthma'. Another says that he holds his mouth open but that doesn't explain the chest and the vomiting. Anyone have any ideas? Thanks.





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    Hi I am going through exactly the same thing with my son, now 12 but he has been like this since he was a toddler. We have just been refered to a Gastroentirologist recently. He was on meds for reflux but that didn't seem to make it go completely.There is a condition called eosonophilic oesophogitis where certain trigger foods cause a delayed reaction in kids sometimes days after.They tend to have issues with eating, trouble swallowing, vomiting, coughing while eating, having to drink between mouthfuls are some of the issues. My son described it as it is like he has a door in his throat and sometimes it is open and the food goes down ok, and sometimes it shuts and the food gets stuck.He then has to induce vomitng to get the food out.He has also been running off to the loo like this since he was 4. He gets a ' look' on his face and stops eating and you can tell what is coming next. The Dts thought it might be a hiatus hernia but 2 bariums showed nothing untoward wrong.The only way to diagnose eosonophilic oesophogitis is with an endoscopy and biopsies which look for more than 50 white blood cells present in the osophogus which normally should not be there.These are caused by consuming food/ foods which the child is allergic to, but because the reaction is a delayed one it is harder to detect.The cells inflame the throat causing scarring and this causes the dysphagia ( trouble swallowing) This is what I am trying to get the Drs to check for woth my son as he is typically atopic ( allergic ) . My son has year round rhinitis, mouth breathes and many allergies including pets, dust, tree and grass pollens, foods and asthma since he was 1. Also in young children failure to thrive or being small for age, sleep difficulties, tummy aches and lots of ear/ throat infections are very common as well as what you mentioned. I hope you get some answers and us too ! It's been a long road !

    My son is 15 and at 6 was diagnosed with crohn's disease.He had diarrhoea for a fews months before he had a large bleed, and was in hospital for 2 weeks, and 2 month later diagnosed. Now my daughter aged 14 months has had diarrhoea for 5 months now,very smelly,mucus,and pale have to change her nappy about 10 times a day.Always rubbing her tummy, crys all the time.Been told she got baby diarrhoea,could it be something else?





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    it defo could b coeliac my daughter was 15 months wen diagnosed at 1st we kept gettin told she had a bug picked up on holiday but we kept takin her back and eventually she was admitted to hospital and all the tests carried out

    Hi laura my daughter was like yours from birth.Constipation with blood in it.And was vomiting every feed we gave her back up.And had a very bad wind problem.And was in discomfort.My doctor referd me to hospital and they found she was suffering from a cows milk intolerance.And the vomiting was because she was refluxing due to the milk and was put on a special formula milk and gaviscon and lactulose.and she was a different child.no blood in poo or vomiting.She is now 14 months and doing well and has grown out of the intolerance.Not saying that what wrong with your little girl but it the same symptoms mine had hope this helps .

    hello im 15 ive been suffering stomach aches and vomiting, I use to be 9stone but now im 7 and its taking over my life I have no energy since this illness has started what could it be?





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    my daughter is 5 and has had and been treated for treadworm twice, she has recently had diarrhoea, as that came to an end her first stool was full of little worms is there anything sinister going on that I should be worried about





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    My 4 yr old boy is always complaining of bad stomach ache and he always suffers with diarrhoea at least twice a week been to the doctors bit still none the wiser he Is always crying in pain just don't know what to do now just want it sorted for my baby!!





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    mine is weird, i had more than 3 days fever, headaches, and the worm dint come out thru my anus but thru my mouth while i was vomiting! gross right. it was about 3 inches long, i wasn't sure what kind of parasite that was. im really scared. i might puke it out again.





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    I had a stomach ache ,a headache, a low fever (it was gone right away) and vomiting a while ago at school. My parents believe that I have the uti, but I don't feel an y other symptoms like urgency to pee and paint while peeing, do I really have the case of a uti? If not, how can I tell my parents??





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    Hi Raiha, I get pins and needles I thought it was due to kneeling at work I also get back ache. My mood swings are terrible depending on what I eat and hot flushes too. My doctor says that Iam stressed but I have been having the symptoms for over a year. I have started taking tablets for stress and the lightheadedness has gone a bit better. I have to have a camera in my backside to check but my bowel movements have been irregular lately too going from constipation to diarrhoea.

    My son has had trouble with his bowels too since he was born he's had loads of tests done but they come back fine all the time. He is now 15 ready to do his gcse exams and still poos himself which he tries his best not too. He gets really badly constipated for a couple of week then gets diarrhoea for about 4 days. He gets very upset with it and find it really hard to make friends as he is always worries that his peers will make fun of him because he sometimes smells. I have tried changing his diet but nothing seems to help and all the doctor seems to say is keep on taking the medicine and try and find the right dosage which is no help. He is on lactose solution. I would really like some help xx

    Hi I keep going to the dr and not getting any help. My sons face will flare up with a rased very red rash around the eyes cheeks and neck. I think he has a food allergy as he can wake up screaming in pain at the night, he goes from loose poo (not quite diarrhoea) to constipation. I have tried replacing milk with soya but 30 min after breakfast his face flared up again. I'm dissapointed in my drs surgery as they won't let me see a different dr for a second oppinion. My health visitor saw his face and said it was def an allergy but all my dr says is its exma and gives me more steroid cream. I'm getting nowhere and my poor 2 year old is soffering.





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    My son was allergic to lactose which is in milk. I had to watch everything I gave him. It's difficult to elliminate all milk products because it is found in all sorts of food. Yogurt, cheese, biscuits, soups, ready meals and things you wouldn't even think of. You have to read all labels carefully and the best way to be sure is to make your own. It takes a while to get used to but once you sort it, it becomes a way of life. You can use his own milk substitute in recipes, make plenty so you can freeze it to make it easier each day.(You can do this for all the family cooking, it doesn't just have to be for him). His skin improved, he slept better and he could consentrate more. All the irritation went away. He grew out of the allergy by age 7 years. He is now 26 years old and has no problems. My grandaughter is the same now, she is only 4 weeks old and was crying constantly and covered in a rash so now my daughter has to do the same for her. Within a week she has improved!

    I'm 15 and on Monday night ( 2 days ago) I found out I had worms so on Tuesday my mum went to the doctors and got me and my family this pill. Orvex I think it's called. And now it's Wednesday and I have really bad diarrhoea and I feel constantly sick because there is worms on my bum! I've changed my bed sheets, I'm constantly washing my hands and my bum and I'm using different flannels and toothbrushes and stuff. I just feel so unclean I'm OCD about stuff like this and someone told me that once you get worms you can never ever get rid of them only decrease the numbers!!! I feel so disgusting! I don't know how long I've had them! Or How many I have! Please tell me what I can do to get rid of them. IF I can get rid of them :((





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    I had worms when I was 11 and they do go away all I can say is wash your hands and sing happy birthday and after that make sure they are thoroughly dry don't worry it is embarrassing but I managed to live with them for a month but they will go away

    My daughter is 3 years old and used to be a good eater as a baby but now wont eat she wont even eat sweets or chocolate. she only eats chips (which must be french fries) dry bread and pringles and now she is crying when i give her chips, for the past 3 days she has had about 4 chips and 1 slice of bread. she is now crying every morning with a sore tummy and has has diarrhoea the past 5 days, she has a 5 month old baby sister which is on solids now and is gagging when watching her eating to the point she is going to make herself sick. i have spoken with my health visitor and GP and stil have had no help!! HELP!!





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    Hi I'm 15, I get incredibly painful stabbing stomach pains after eating foods such as pasta or too many fatty foods, I will also find that every month I will get diarrhoea and I also feel very sick.. After having too many days off school my mum took me to the doctors where they decided to do a blood test for celiac but my doctor thought I could just have a bit of IBS, it came out negative so my mum stopped me going to the doctors which was really frustrating. As I have only had this the past few years I have tried to just cope with it but then I had a friend who is gluten intolerant that told me a blood test for celiac 9 times out of 10 is wrong and not accurate. The pains are getting gradually worse and I would really like to have an answer as I am a keen sportswoman and pasta and foods with gluten is a large part of my diet.. Is it likely I do have celiac or could there be something else wrong?





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    This sounds very similar to my experiences before being diagnosed with Coeliac Disease. I was so frustrated with continuously feeling ill despite a negative blood test, that I kept going back to the doctors until they did more and went further with a biopsy. After 2 years of feeling much like you do, I was diagnosed with Coeliac Disease, and being quite sporty, was really pleased to find that I could eat lots of gluten free pasta and other foods similar to my previous diet, but free from gluten. Don't give up, if you want to feel well, go to the doctors without your mum. Sometimes we've got to take control and push ahead to get the answer we want. Wishing you all the Best.

    Although I am a grown up I can really sympathise with these stories as for the past fifteen plus years I've had bowel issues. As a child I was really sensitive and would either be completely constipated or suffering with diarrhoea. My parents took me to doctor after doctor who used to say & do nothing other that prescribe movicol, senna and lactose to help me go and loperamide to stop me going! At my worst I was practically taking both types of medication simultaneously!!! Then aged 19 I happened to be talking to a friend of a friend who was a nurse in am allergy clinic and was telling her my problems. She gave me a list of common triggers and suggested I try cutting them out my diet to see if it had an impact. Wheat/gluten had no effect, however dairy did, interestingly not only did by bowel habit improve but so did my eczema! I changed gp and on explaining my 15 years of hell and then improvement with a dairy limited diet my new gp was very supportive. It turns out I was lactose intolerant, just because not all the avenues were explored initially. I really would urge patents to push medical professionals to seek the root of the problem, other that just treating the symptoms as aged 4 had time been taken to do this I could have avoided years of taking medications I didn't need!





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    My son is 5 and has suffered from soiling for the past 3 years. It started when we moved, up until this point he was potty trained and happy to pass stools. Once we had moved he started to hold his stools and as such soils. He will hold for anything from 2 to 8 weeks, which leads to vomiting when his stomach will no longer accept food. I have had various responses from doctors and finally seeing a specialist nurse, but this is really no support, as all the suggestions have been done before, he takes movicol and sodium picosulphate to try and encourage a clear out. I have had doctors telling me don't worry he's not undernourished! I have worked in hospital theatres and seen the horrific effects of bowel obstructions and do not want my son to have to experience this. I dont think there is a medical reason, however this has never been ruled out in the 3 years. I have been made to feel inadequate by the medical profession as a mother. I know my son, and this is very distressing for both parents and children. I have to send my son to school with a sanitary towel in his pants to help reduce the embarrassment, however accidents still happen, and although the school are sympathetic, there is a line where he is sent home until he has produced a poo at which point he is allowed back to school. I am still working through this and trying every way I can to get my son to poo, but now 4 weeks since his last 15" poo, a dramatic reduction in his food intake, constant movicol intake (we have to be really sneaky to get him to drink it, and normally only 1 a day) and sodium picosulphate on thursday, friday and saturday as the school will insist on him being at home if there is a chance it will act when he is at school, it really is only a matter of time before things get worse, but my doctor think fussing and not to worry and consultant appointment not for another couple of months. sympathise with others in this situation, its so emotionally draining.





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    Please have a look at my answer in reply to "Sarah"

    My daughter is 5 and we've been dealing with this for 2 years now. I am staggered that the medical profession doesn't seem to know how to deal with this and find a treatment solution that works as I come across so many children with this problem. How much research in the UK is actually going into this? All the study groups I find online are in the US so you can't join. Has anyone tried the Clean Kid Manual method? - the manual is on sale in the US but it's priced $75. I'm getting desperate to sort this out before dd starts getting teased at school but this seems very pricey and for all I know could be a con. It's a familiar tale. It started at potty training, dd did great with the wees, didn't get the hang of poos the same way, used to do a big proper poo in her pants once a day (what I'd give to go back to that stage!), easy to sort out, drop it down the loo, quick bum wipe and knicker wash and that was that. And then she started holding it in. I blame me & her dad for giving her a bit of a hard time, because she was nearly 4 by then and was actually quite capable of doing a poo in the potty if strongly persuaded. And then she got really constipated, and then got impacted, about a year ago, and we've had the year from hell since then. She was put on lactulose and sennacot for months, which resulted in thin ribbon like poos which she had no hope of controlling, many times a day, and then there's been health visitors, the GP, a paediatrician, and the community nursing team. Back in about February she was finally put on the Movicol clean out regime, where we had to up the dose each day until she had diarrhoea for 2 days and then start cutting it down until we reached a maintenance dose where she was having one proper BM a day. We've never got there. Sometimes we've got reasonably close, where she's going a couple of times a day and managed to keep her pants clean, but she has a lot of relapses where we have to regroup and try a different tack with it. We're in one at the moment, she's pooing in her pants 4 or 5 times a day, mostly after school, but she comes home with dried on poo in her pants so I don't know when she's doing it at school. She's not constipated, it's not leakage fluid, it's small soft-ish poos which over the course of her 4 or 5 accidents, add up to the one decent BM we'd like to aim for. We're told that it can take months for a colon to shrink back after it's been stretched by faecal impaction but that was a year ago. We've done sticker charts, sweeties for poos in the toilet, punishments (dolls in cupboard) on occasion if we think she's taking the mickey & can't be bothered, once after a particulrly bad time her favourite doll ended up going in the bin (she didn't poo her pants for a couple of weeks after that), bubble blowing on toilet, reading stories on toilet, playing game apps on my mobile phone on the toilet, saying you can watch TV/play on the computer/ have your fruit juice ice lolly/ etc once you've been on the toilet, we've done encouragement, praise, we've done criticism at times, we've done getting her to take responsibility for herself by helping to wash her dirty knickers, we've done stories about sneaky poo, we've done giving her a bit more movicol, we've done giving her a bit less movicol, we do several toilet times a day after meals or snacks to get her into the routine of it, we do good diet & lots of fluids, we've done choosing special knickers and keeping them for when she keeps her pants clean, you name it, we do it or we've done it. And it's all worked with varying degrees of success..... for about 5 minutes. I know my daughter really well but with this I'm foxed. I swither wildly between thinking she can help it but just can't be bothered (or why would throwing her doll away make her keep clean for 2 weeks??) and thinking I can't believe I gave her grief for it when surely she mustn't be able to help it or she wouldn't do it. We're a bit at the end of our tether with it, scraping poo of a bottom over & over and washing poo out of pants is no fun but I desperately just want to sort this out for her sake, she doesn't deserve to have this problem. Who was the answer???





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    My son is 6. We have done just about all that you have done. You name - we have tried it. We had a sticker chart for a while at the end of which he actually got a brand new bike. It didnt last though. I am also at the end of my tether and I do not like giving my little boy laxitives every day for years on end.

    hi i have a nearly 5 year old daughter with same problem, we see a specialist at the incontinence clinic and go through hell with the school.. tryed everything like you have and the relapses keep coming back. how is your daughter now ? emma

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