Look away now if you are eating.
Since birth, B has produced very runny nappies. It is rare for him to do a ‘solid’ poo although not unknown. Mostly the poo is ‘loose’ and often very smelly. I raised this with the doctor quite some time ago, who told me to monitor the situation. She said there were allergy tests that could be done, but that, given his good physical development, a milk or wheat intolerance was unlikely.
B is allergic to peanuts. I found this out the hard way one Christmas when I ate some peanuts, then kissed him. His face exploded into a rash, hives appeared on his body and he began crying for a drink. One ride in an ambulance later, plus a few tests along the way, and his allergy was confirmed. He now has an epics with him at all times and, unsurprisingly, a peanut has not entered our house since.
Anyway, that’s an aside from the matter of the runny poo. Someone told us recently about infant diarrhoea, where the water content is not properly balanced or something. Most children grow out of it by the time they are four years old.
I have, however, heard of links between bowel problems and autism. This seems bizarre to me, but then I’m still just starting to learn about things. Someone I know who works with severely autistic teenagers was unaware of it and the paediatrician dismissed it too.
A condition called leaky gut syndrome has been linked to autism but the findings of the research have been widely disputed as being inaccurate and misleading. So who knows?
B has now had blood tests to eliminate pretty much every kind of allergy, including: cats, dogs, grass pollen, mould, eggs, milk and wheat. He has had biochemical screening for renal, liver, bone and caeliac related problems. Oh, and Fragile X. All tests were negative. The poor child gave so much blood in one sitting, it was such a shame. The nurse offered him a consoling biscuit. It clearly came from a box containing nuts (we politely declined).
Regardless of a link with autism, the situation means that potty training with B has an added difficulty, beyond trying to get through to him. My wife has been working hard on getting him to use the potty, with some recent success, but we still need to conquer the poo situation.