My son is 10 and a half years old, in year 6 at school. He's had bowel issues since potty training really. Between the ages of 4 and 5 he had a few courses of movicol as GP thought that soiling might be due to constipation. It didn't really help, but he became better able to make it to the toilet on time.
Since the age of 7 or so he has had periods (sometimes lasting days, sometimes months) of frequent, explosive, runny poos. During a bad spell we took him back to the GP, who did a blood test for Coeliac Disease, which came back negative. No further advice offered, so we hoped he would grow out of it.
Things seemed to be improving on the whole, but in the last few months it has been much worse again. At least 3 explosions a day, with the occasional normal poo here and there. He ALWAYS looks bloated and uncomfortable, but NEVER says that he is. No changes to his diet, which is pretty well balanced.
We can just about manage it without accidents if he goes to the toilet as soon as he gets up, after breakfast, straight after school and after tea. However, he's due to go on a school trip for a full week next month and is worrying about how he will manage. He's extremely self-conscious about it, and his toilet visits are very noisy, messy and long.
I'm going to take him back to the GP, but am worried they will say again that there's nothing they can do. Any advice on what this is likely to be? He's got quite a few funny little foibles other than his bowels (terrible balance and coordination, strange walking and running gait, seems to have trouble recognising people out of context...) but he's a clever and lovable boy and is getting along great at school.
(and sorry for the novel)