As a parent, one thing that you will have to become accustomed to, is nappies and poo. Now you need to know a thing or two about poo, that perhaps is not told to you- well nobody said it to me! Day in and day out till your child is perhaps 6, you will have to clean after them. Now its not necessarily that at 6 they will become independent at managing their poo affairs, you might have to clean after them for a while longer than that.
Poo is, well has been a big concern of mine when it came to my son. Who was very easily constipated. Here are some terms you need to be aware of before we get started:
Constipated: Poo cant come out. Basically its too hard to come out.
I think that’s sufficient prior knowledge you need to have before i get started. Here is a gallery of what you should be ready to expect to find in your childs nappy.
(Please ignore the happy faces on the poos, they tend not to come out smiling)
Exhibit 1- The normal poo
The normal poo. It has a softish texture and generally speaking a brownish colour, which can vary from anything between dark brown and light brown with perhaps tinges of mustardish yellow.
This right here is a normal poo. Size wise, we’re talking say a small tea cup full or less for a 3 year old.
How I have dreamt that this may be the poo I see when I change my sons nappy.
But alas, it is not as frequent a visitor as I had hoped.
Exhibit 2- Seriously constipated possibly dehydrated, poo.
This is not a good poo. You do not want this poo in the nappy. This poo means, your child is not drinking enough fluids, perhaps a little dehydrated as well. Is also probably not eating enough fiber and fresh vegetables.
So you might want to give you child some laxative that needs to be prescribed by their doctor.
This poo is also painful, and if its really bad, it might cause bleeding at the mouth of the anus and really you should speak to your doctor.
Again, you do not want this poo.
Exhibit 3- goat poo
Have you ever seen goat or sheep poo? well this is what it looks like.
Generally this kind causes some abdominal discomfort like all the other hard poos. You do want to avoid this kind, by ensuring a balanced diet and lots of fluids.
Exhibit 4- marbles
These are quiet strange, they look alot like exhibit 2 but are round and smooth. These generally, from my experience, are the result of too much milk and milk products.
I may be wrong, I am not a doctor.
Exhibit 5- carrots and beans
This is a good poo. It generally shows you bits of carrot and sunflower seeds, nuts. High fibre foods basically, that help create a good soft poo. Along with the right amount of fluids that is water and juice etc.
This one is a slightly harder one, simply meaning that more fluids need to be consumed. This could lead to constipation, so this one is like a sign telling you that things may not be so good next time!
Exhibit 6- The diarrhea
This one right here, is a sign of a tummy bug, an infection or indigestion. You should keep them hydrated and speak to a doctor if the symptoms do not get better.
By no means am I saying that these are the only kinds you might see, these are simply what I have seen. I bet theres hundreds and hundreds of varieties.
So to ensure a healthy poo, here is a great guide that I like to follow and hopefully it should help you too!!
The information below is from the British Nutrition Foundations Website.
BNF Toddler Eatwell Poster_OL You can download the poster from either here or from BNFs website.
So a poo a day keeps the doctor away 😀