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What does sandy/gritty soft stool for a 2 year old mean?

Posted by sweeetdeb

My son often has sandy/gritty bowel movements that stick to his skin and are hard to clean off. Is he lacking something in his diet?
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My 23 month old son has the exact same thing, very sandy/gritty stools that are, at times, impossible to clean during a diaper change unless I put him in the bath.  After doing some searching on the internet, some people have said it is due to a gluten allergy.  But I have no idea if there is any truth to it.  I am still trying to find an explanation for it.

My 2 1/2 yr old son has the exact same thing! I have stopped Cow's Milk in his diet. It's only been about a day and a half but it's pretty much the same thing. I have also been trying the BRAT (Bananas Rice Applesauce Toast) Diet and still the same. So maybe the Gluten thing does have something to do with it....? I'm going to stick with the no milk and Brat for a couple more days and if absolutely no change I will try the Gluten Free diet. Just a question also for the two of you...have you noticed a delay in speech in your son or any other delay for that matter?

This stuck out to me while I was searching the same type of stool symtoms, (dark, gritty, sandlike) and my son does have a speech delay? Is there a connection?
I am not sure how old this post is but after having the same concern with my 1 1/2 year old's black gritty stools and doing some research, I am now convinced that it is bananas that is causing it. He has been eating quite a few this week. It is almost IMPOSSIBLE to clean off of his skin, just like Elizabeth said, without giving him a bath. HulaMomma, it would make sense in your case if you are doing the BRAT diet and still seeing no change, since bananas are included in that diet. I understand that this symptom is sometimes reason for concern and could possibly be the sign of a serious condition, however, in my baby's case, I am pretty sure it's bananas. I will make it a point to bring it to his pediatrician's attention, and I suggest the same for everyone. Good luck
My 2 1/2 yr old has both a speech delay and the gritty stools. He has high functioning autism and he is allergic to wheat, dairy, and soy. I removed all wheat including gluten which is a wheat protein, all dairy, and all soy. His speech has improved, but he also goes to speech therapy 2 days a week and I do lots of therapy with him at home. He has been to a G.I. and they gave me no explanation for the gritty stools. My son had upper bariatric GI done which came back normal. I'm wondering if it is bananas as one poster suggested because that is my sons favorite food. I also was told by another mother at my son's therapy that her son had the same problem and his doctor put him on B12 and the gritty stools stopped within a few days. I'm going to talk to my son's pediatrician and also take him to a new G.I. for more answers. Good luck to all of you.
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