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Kids with Crohn's?

Hi there, I'm not sure if this is the right board to post this question on but I don't know where else to look.

My husband has Crohn's Disease and my DS who is 2 1/2 has started showing some "symptoms", though I don't know if they are signs for sure and am looking to see if anyone else has a child with Crohn's and what their early symptoms were.

DS started potty training in January, he has done very well with it. It took him about a month before he would poop in the potty as he preferred to do that in his diaper. Now he goes on the potty but he doesn't go for about 3-4 days then cries about his stomach hurting and finally when he does go, it is all at once. I don't know how so much can get backed up in such a little boy. The stool is always soft and greenish looking, and more often than not he has a little bit of bright red blood when I wipe him.

So again, my question to any IBD mom's is does this sound like it could be the start of Crohn's, or could he still just be adjusting to potty training? We will be contacting the pediatrician, I was just looking to see if anyone has a similar experience. Any gastro issues make me paranoid because of all that DH has gone through.

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Re: Kids with Crohn's?

  • Sounds like normal boy potty training. The blood could be from tiny tears from him trying to get the stool out after holding it in for a couple days. BUT with a family history it never hurts to put in a call to his GI doc if you have one or Pedi. If you aren't using probiotics for him, I highly recommend them (our GI doc swears by VSL which you can get at the Costco Pharmacy - not cheap but they work wonders - DS has taken 2 capsules opened into juice or milk cup daily since 2). We also have to do a small amount of miralax daily to help keep DS softer and regular. Good luck!
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  • stacers33 said:
    Sounds like normal boy potty training. The blood could be from tiny tears from him trying to get the stool out after holding it in for a couple days. BUT with a family history it never hurts to put in a call to his GI doc if you have one or Pedi. If you aren't using probiotics for him, I highly recommend them (our GI doc swears by VSL which you can get at the Costco Pharmacy - not cheap but they work wonders - DS has taken 2 capsules opened into juice or milk cup daily since 2). We also have to do a small amount of miralax daily to help keep DS softer and regular. Good luck!
    Thanks for responding. I am hoping it is just normal potty training. I never thought about the probiotics, that sounds like a great idea. I'm going to ask our pedi about them when I call too.

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