We will be booking an appointment with the doctor soon, I am just looking for some further information so I can speak confidently with the doctor.
We have 20-month-old twins (and a 2-1/2 year old nephew living with us).
My son has frequent loose pasty stools with identifiable pieces remaining (grapes, corn…). Most food is processed, but it isn’t formed at all…like thick porridge (not watery). It sometimes smells of stomach acid. We’ve identified a couple of food sensitivities (strawberries) that cause a diaper rash. He is gaining weight and is a happy growing kid and doesn’t seem to fuss when ‘going’ (no cramps). We haven’t mentioned this to the doctor, as we haven’t been overly concerned about this.
My daughter and nephew have infrequent movements and solid stools. We have had some concern over this in the past, but the doctors have not.
I am a confirmed carrier of the Cystic Fibrosis gene and my wife was ruled out of the 80% most common mutations.
I have been searching the web for information, but have some questions that remain.
Am I able to distinguish fat in the stool by visual inspection? tactile inspection? (a common test for CF is a high % of fat in the stool)
Some parents claim that the infant tastes salty when kissing, if I taste his skin, will it necessarily taste salty? (the common test for CF is % of salt in sweat)
Does early diagnosis of CF help at this point, or will treatments begin later?
Other malabsorption causes point to too much fruit juice. All three kids drink watered-down apple juice (4 parts water, 1 part juice), so if it were attributable to the juice, wouldn’t they all react the same?