How To Talk To Your Child About Poop
If you are thinking, “Am I reading this right? Is this blog really about talking to my child about poop?” I get it. But the answer is yes. Yes, I am absolutely going to talk to you about how to talk to your child about poop. And here is the thing most kids love talking about poop so it shouldn’t be a hard thing to bring up!
Before we dive in I want to tell you why it is important to talk to your child about their poop. As a nutritional therapy practitioner talking to my clients about their bowel movements is an important part of what I do. In fact, when I work with a client I have them track their food, mood, and poop for at least 3 days. A person’s bowel movements or lack of bowel movements can give a lot of insight into their health.
Pooping is the last order of business when it comes to digestion. We need to eliminate toxins and unused food waste and pooping are what keeps our bodies running like a well-oiled machine. Being “regular” would be someone who poops at least once daily. An ideal poop would be shaped like a sausage, which is nice and smooth or with a few bumps.
As a parent, you might think once you successfully potty trains their children and get them to use proper hygiene that your discussions of poop might be over but it really shouldn’t be. You should be checking with them daily to make sure they are pooping. I would go even further to ask them what their poop is like. I found this adorable chart on Etsy and can’t wait to get one of my own to keep in our bathroom. This would be handy to use as a guide for little ones but can also be handy for older kids who might be a bit embarrassed having their parents giving them the 2nd degree about the consistency of their poop.
If your child reports that they have runny poops or little rabbit turds on a consistent basis this would indicate they have issues with digestion. This could go along with upset tummies, sleeping issues, rashes or skin issues among many other things. Making changes to their diets will usually remedy these things. Focusing on adequate water intake and eating whole, nutritious foods is the first start. If they still have problems after that reaching out to a nutritional therapy practitioner, like me, is your next step.
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