WWYD if this were your child?? especially those with IBD kiddos...

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   Posted 10/6/2008 5:24 PM (GMT -6)   
so,in August my 8yo son lost a little weight,and had some trouble in the tummy area,like taking awhile in the bathroom,I chalked up the weight loss to it being summer,he was playing more,and ofcoarse wearing less clothing,the Pediatrician said to just watch him for awhile,so everything was good,but now,he's complaining that his stomach hurts really bad prior to going to the bathroom,and sometimes sees "white" when he goes to the bathroom. Should I go ahead and take him in for another check up,and see a Peds GI,or keep watching him eyes
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   Posted 10/6/2008 6:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like my daughter...she would even have low grade temps with these stomach pains, and it would happen in the middle of the night also. The chief peds. gi at th University of Michigan ordered a sbft, upper and lower scopes. Everything came back normal. So for now, we are just in a wait and see mode. Personally, I can't see doing anything else to the poor kid. She has since gained some weight, and the stomach episodes have been less frequent, although last fall they were better too, so who knows. My daughter did try miralax for a while. If he is having trouble going, the miralax will help. It's worth a try anyways to see if it helps the stomach pain before going.

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   Posted 10/6/2008 6:57 PM (GMT -6)   

Well if you're worried, it certainly wouldn't hurt to have them test a stool sample to see if there is any blood in it.  That was the first step our pediatrician took with my son when we were trying to figure out what was wrong with him.  When that showed something, then they took blood to measure his sed rate.  It was at that point that the pediatrician recommended that we contact a Peds GI.  And the GI wouldn't see him until he had a small bowel follow through, also.  So I guess what I'm saying is do the stool sample and blood test and see if you need to move on from there to more invasive testing.

I hope it turns out to be just normal tummy trouble.

Take care,                                                                                                                   

Nancy (son Ben, 14, dx CD 3/06; Remicade, Asacol, Multi-vitamin)


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   Posted 10/6/2008 6:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi I would say that a blood test might give some idea as to how he's doing with his blood. Did they say if he is impacted ? lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,and still alive.lol gail

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   Posted 10/6/2008 7:37 PM (GMT -6)   
It all does sound a bit familiar. My son was about 10 when he first mentioned to me that sometimes he'd see "snot" in the toilet with his bm's. A couple years later we were testing him for Lyme Disease (he was bitten and had the classic bulls-eye rash) when we discovered he was anemic. That was our first real sign something was wrong. So yes, as gachrons and BensMom said, start with a blood test. Our stool sample showed no trace of blood, so that wasn't helpful for us, but of course couldn't hurt. Our doctor said he probably just didn't have any blood in the stool at the time we were testing. Ultimately, of course, there was blood and weight loss.

In the mean time you might want to consider having him take a good probiotic and begin cutting the bad carbs from his diet!
Mom to 16 year old boy diagnosed in June, 2007.
Omega 3s, digestive enzymes, probiotics, vit. C, calcium w/D3, a good multivitamin and SCD legal yogurt
Started The Maker's Diet in Sept. '07. Gradually learning/using more SCD recipes, too! (cooking challenged)

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   Posted 10/6/2008 10:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Great advice!

I have been worried about my son as well...he was getting mouth sores for quite a while but they have stopped the past month or so. I have considered taking him to a Ped GI but I honestly think I would rather submit a stool sample or blood test first. I assume his pediatrician can take care of that?

He has his well-child in a few weeks...I will ask then for sure!

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   Posted 10/7/2008 7:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Lynn Just wanted to say my teen has had the white mucus as I have had it before too. I was worried as all us Mom and Dad's do so I know that I went the P Dr. and got the IBS DX .I have mentioned to the GP my concerns and was told that the blood work was good. So my thoughts are since scopes are a bit emb. and difficult. that I will wait for awhile on that. Let us know how it goes and glad to see you drop in was wandering how you are. lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,and still alive.lol gail

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   Posted 10/7/2008 8:59 AM (GMT -6)   

 I may be Pooh obsessed, but it might be helpful if you asked to see his stools. When I was not absorbing properly, sometimes it looked more like Crisco in my stools, with oil floating on top. I am guessing this is one sign of major malabsorption,when you stop absorbing fats because it only happened when I was in a real bad way, and would be a bigger red flag for me. I see mucus often, usually I get a little unfermented dairy in my diet, or I have a cold or something, and I have seen this with the Grandchildren more often. It concerns me for them, they tend to run low grade night temperatures, one has had tummy surgery and they complain with tummy aches. Being a Crone, it scares me, but I think it's mostly a lactose thing, and their Doctors do not seem concerned, but they do check stools for blood on the girl who had surgery for intussusception.

   I am inclined to agree with EMom about probiotics and limiting carbs, but I would also try to avoid any unfermented dairy, and add good quality yogurt. I hope and pray he is well, and this is a passing thing. I think sometimes the flora in the gut gets out of balance due to a viral infection or something and then in a few months, or with diet modifications, things return to normal.

Crohn's for life, symptoms included terrible joint and soft tissue pain, just met first cousin who suffers from Reiters-explains sooo much. Great control on SCD (when I'm good) and I get by with a lotta help from my friends!

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