Zac has a bloated tummy. He has had it since he was born. Some days are worse than others. Before we were 100% dairy free and gluten free it used to go up and down like a balloon and he definitely suffered from cramps even though he was too young to tell me. He would pull his legs up, thrash around and groan in his sleep. Now he can tell me. He doesn’t say it often but has been saying it more and more lately – despite the fact he is gluten free and dairy free. Some nights he is so peaceful and sleeps soundly but on the nights he wakes and wanders in to us, you can guarantee that it also coincides with the nights he has gone to bed with a slightly bigger than normal tummy.
I sometimes wonder if he eats too much fruit. DF/GF kids don’t have many snack or dessert options, so it is possible he is having more than he needs. He loves it too. Give him the choice between an apple and a piece of cake and he mostly chooses apple! Fruit is notorious for causing bloating, so I assume it is just that. But could it be something else? All of the specialists we have ever met have agreed it does look more distended than normal but haven’t seemed overly concerned and as his weight is fine, they have said he is definitely not fat.
This week he has been struggling to finish his dinner and even says, ‘I just have no room and need to get stuff out of my tummy before I can fit any more in’. He has been a bit off colour too – but I have put all this down to the anti-biotics he is taking for the infected spot on his tummy. We are using Augmentin, on the advice of Dr Adam Fox, as Zac has had such bad reactions to other anti-biotics. Everyone knows they can be harsh on the gut and for a child with such sensitivities, it is always more likely that he will suffer an adverse reaction or too. He hasn’t had an upset tummy, but has definitely looked ‘big’ and is a bit off colour. Has anyone else tried Augmentin and had a problem?
Ironically, I think it was the bloated tummy that caused the spot. Some days his tummy swells up so much that the waist band on his trousers needs to be adjusted. I think his tummy skin was pinched by the little metal catch that does his trousers up. Or perhaps it just rubbed a bit and for Zac that is all it takes. Just a little ‘nick’ of his skin is enough for the ‘staph’ to get in and cause an infection.
So which came first the bloating or the infection? Is he bloated because of the anti-biotics he has to take to manage the infection or was he bloated first, and the bloating caused the ‘rub’ which caused the infection and now he is still bloated because of the anti-biotics. So I rang the hospital again. Still no results and still no appointment before May. Will keep on them. In the mean time, if any of the rest of you have thoughts or similar experiences, I would love to hear from you.