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Time for Tummy Talk

We took L to a specialist at the Children’s’ Medical Center. She was a brave little girl.

The doctor examining her was wonderful, kind and explained everything to both of us, not just me.

After a very thorough examination she concluded that she was/is constipated. This is very common for what reason they don’t know.

Based on her history L just became all too familiar with the feeling and pain associated with going poop.

Whether that was a horrible reaction to something that didn’t agree with her through diarrhea or intense constipation or the fear of the unexpected explosion and the looks or feeling of embarrassment; either way something triggered this fear of going.

Her ‘accidents’ were basically overflow. She had learned to hold it to the point that the doctor could feel it during her exam both externally and internally.

She drew up blood work and the results, after a very long 3 week wait, were negative for Crones and Celiac disease so that is a relief.

Her prescription was a hard-core cleansing followed by a daily dose of Miralax for four months. We needed to fully clean out her body so she knew what an empty feeling was versus a full feeling. She had to start the process of training her body on how and when to go.

That first week was painful for her. As if she needed to lose any more weight.

Once she received a full cleanse we could start offering her lactose free foods like yogurt and mozzarella. The doctor didn’t believe she was allergic or intolerant to dairy but just the lactose.

I’m not so sure I agree. While the yogurt in small doses is settling rather well she had mozzarella and she was sick for days. It wasn’t fresh but it was pure mozzarella.

She has even started eating baked goods that include butter in their ingredients and that seems ok. She thinks doughnuts are delicious! But again it’s so hard to narrow down her incidents and what led up to them.

She wasn’t having any accidents for about a month but they have started again.

I’m not sure I agree completely with the diagnoses but I’m not sure where to go at this point. A fellow mom mentioned that milk protein allergies can look just like lactose intolerance.

I can remember clearly when she was just 2 ½ being at a pool party and she had an accident in the pool. While the host didn’t make a big deal out of it as he has children of his own and this certainly happens, he cleaned and shocked the pool within thirty minutes but that didn’t stop a few unkind comments from others and the clear embarrassment she felt.

I think that was the real turning point. I do find it odd that at that moment we decided to cut out ALL cows dairy her accidents improved within 2 weeks.

We’re just so torn and can’t seem to find answers.

I’m extremely glad she doesn’t have any diseases they were concerned about but we still have a little girl with some serious intestinal issues.

Can anyone please shed some light on this for us?

Any advice or experiences would be huge. We are just watching her confidence diminish with each accident.

Thank you.

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