Sugar Intolerance Symptoms in Children
It can be heartbreaking for you to watch your children struggle with health issues, especially when nothing seems to help. From constant bellyaches and gas to bloating and mysterious diaper rashes, you’re not quite sure what the underlying issue is. Could Sugar Intolerance, also known as Sucrose Intolerance or Congenital Sucrase-Isomaltase Deficiency (CSID), be to blame? Here are some common symptoms of Sugar Intolerance in infants and children, and what to tell the healthcare provider during your first visit.
Five Sugar Intolerance Symptoms
1. Adverse Reaction to Solid Foods
Sugar Intolerance (CSID) symptoms don’t begin in infants until they begin to be fed sucrose- and starch-containing foods. Juices, foods, and even medications sweetened with sucrose could all be the culprit. Keep an eye out when introducing solid foods, since infants who are breastfed may not show symptoms until their diet is changed.
Be sure to tell your doctor whether you are breastfeeding or formula feeding and what solid foods you have introduced thus far, so the doctor is in the loop. Also consider keeping a food diary to track when you started noticing the symptoms and any potential food or beverage triggers in your child’s diet.
2. Chronic Abdominal Pain and Watery Diarrhea
Chronic abdominal pain and watery diarrhea are common signs of Sugar Intolerance (CSID). Unlike toddler’s diarrhea, chronic, watery diarrhea that doesn’t go away could signal something isn’t right with your child’s digestive system. Your child’s symptoms might be similar to CSID symptoms in adults but possibly even more severe, since children have shorter gastrointestinal tracts.
Be mindful of your child’s behavior and consider speaking to a healthcare provider if you notice your little one is especially fussy or seems to be in any pain. At your appointment, you can discuss their symptoms with the healthcare provider, including when the symptoms began showing up and when they became worse.
3. Swelling, Vomiting, and Diaper Rash
Does your little one experience bouts of abdominal swelling, gassiness, and irritability? Perhaps you’ve noticed unexplainable vomiting or diaper rash. These could all be signs of Sugar Intolerance (CSID). Be sure to keep track of the severity of symptoms to tell your doctor.
4. Poor Physical Growth
If your infant is gaining weight slowly or suddenly starts to lose weight, it’s important to see a healthcare provider to monitor your child’s growth closely. This could be a red flag for an underlying issue like Sugar Intolerance.
5. Incorrect Diagnosis
CSID is sometimes misdiagnosed in infants, as the symptoms can mimic chronic, nonspecific diarrhea (toddler’s diarrhea). Older children may be misdiagnosed with a food allergy, an intolerance, or even irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) because they have symptoms such as bloating, abdominal pain, gas, and diarrhea, which are also common Sugar Intolerance symptoms. It is important to note that CSID is a genetic disease that you do not simply “outgrow.”
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