My 15 month-old was very consistent with 1 - 2 dirty diapers a day. Until about 3 weeks ago. Since then he has been having 4 - 5 dirty diapers, with one day as many as 7. I suspect this is due to a change in his diet and think it might be a sensitivity to corn syrup or an allergic reaction to chocolate (dad has a cousin with a similar reaction to chocolate). It started just after we had a birthday potluck at church and then the following weekend was Halloween. We ration his candy very carefully (think 1 piece out of a roll of Smarties at a time, no more than 1 or 2 pieces a day). And it took a week without candy to get him back to "normal."

Does anyone else know what what the cause might be?

I'm almost to the point of consulting his doctor about it, but it would be nice if I could be a little more certain of the culprit first.

asked 12 Nov '09, 22:05

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What's BM? .

(12 Nov '09, 23:02) JJJ

@Juan Manuel: BM = bowel movement

(12 Nov '09, 23:03) Dinah

Roll of Smarties? They come in rolls? I'm intrigued...

(13 Nov '09, 01:27) Scott ♦♦

Cultural difference -

(13 Nov '09, 03:24) mkcoehoorn

Is his poo runny or same as before just more often?

(13 Nov '09, 17:25) Phil Seller

(Funny: My sister told me I should never use BM to abbreviate my web site name since it would be confused with the phenomenon presently under discussion. I use B$ instead ;-)

(13 Nov '09, 19:07) Chris W. Rea

Phil: Sometimes it is runny, and sometimes it is just softer than usual - not that it was hard to begin with.

(13 Nov '09, 20:11) mkcoehoorn
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Some people are more sensitive to sugar than others - myself included. If I were to consume a bunch of sugary things it would give me the trots for sure. Although you are rationing the sweets, maybe thats just enough extra sugar to create more BMs in your child. Maybe you should not give him candy and instead some more natural sugars and see if that helps (dried fruits for example).

If you think you should consult a doc, they do it - a parents instincts are usually never wrong.

You should consider consulting a dietician too - often they are far more knowledgeable about these kinds of things than doctors (this I learned from personal experience)


answered 13 Nov '09, 03:19

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The hard part to your suggestion is taking away his Halloween candy. He didn't get much but when we took his sister around, we let him go up to a few houses too.

(13 Nov '09, 03:32) mkcoehoorn

Hopefully someone can help, but if you as a parent find yourself thinking, "I'm almost to the point of consulting his doctor", then that is probably exactly what you should do.


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