Gastrointestinal symptoms are often the first sign that a child has underlying gut dysbiosis and/or immune dysregulation. If your child shows any of the following symptoms with persistence, consider having him/her evaluated for gut dysbiosis:
- Frequent diaper rashes — may be a sign of a Candida (yeast) overgrowth
- Esophageal reflux–may reflect allergies, or may be associated with bacterial overgrowth (gut dysbiosis) in the gut
- White coating on the tongue, or chronic thrush infections may indicate a Candida (yeast) overgrowth in the gastrointestinal tract
- Frequent loose stools or diarrhea — may indicate gut dysbiosis, inflammation in the intestines
- Undigested food in stools– may indicate gut dysbiosis, lack of appropriate digestive enzymes
- Constipation/infrequent stooling — may reflect gut dysbiosis, allergies or other immune-related issues (or more complex issues pertaining to energy metabolism)
- Excessive gas, flatulence — often indicative of carbohydrate fermentation in the colon, a common result of gut dysbiosis
- Colic–often related to consuming food allergen (through breastmilk/formula)
- Floating stools or dry stools
- “Tummy Aches”
- Distended “pot belly” — may indicate inflammation, or excessive gas production
And the following signs may indicate malabsorption or inadequate diet- – an issue of the gastrointestinal tract:
- Thinning hair or hairloss
- Unusual fingernail or toenail formation
- Many small bumps on the back of the arms
- Skin palor
How Do I Know If My Child Has Gut Dysbiosis?
Ask your healthcare provider for a comprehensive stool analysis where a laboratory will look for signs of gut dysbiosis.
You may also ask your healthcare provider to order an “organic acids test” for your child which may provide some insight into whether or not your child has gut dysbiosis.