The nutritional assessment includes a review of the child's fiber intake as well as his or her usual consumption of sugars such as sorbitol and fructose-common culprits of diarrhea.
There is an approximately 3x3 inch patch in the training pants which contains Sorbitol, a sugar-like material that is used as a sweetener in gum or as a skin softening emollient.
With early diagnosis, fructose intolerance can be successfully treated by eliminating fructose, sucrose, and sorbitol from the diet (less than 40 mg/kg per day).
Both prescription and over-the-counter medications can contain additives, such as lactose and sorbitol, that will produce diarrhea in sensitive individuals.
It is important for the child to avoid fructose, sucrose, and sorbitol sources and yet maintain proper nutrition.
Sorbitol is an artificial sweetener found in many sugar-free products, such as sugarless gum or diet foods.