Checking Your Child’s “Report Card”

Your child’s poo is like a daily report card telling you how their health is going. Are they drinking enough? Do they have food allergies? As a parent, it is so important to check your child’s “report card” often.

So, first, look at what it should look like.

  • Overall Result: A+ (Type 3 or 4)  This guy comes out easily and is shaped like a sausage.
  • Overall Result: D- (Type 1&2 and 5-7) This guy is super soft and mushy, or hard and pellet-like.

Note: It’s ok to have the occasional D as long as normally they are sitting at an A. If it is normal for them to sit at a D, then you know there is something going on inside. 

checking-your-childs-report-card. Bristol stool chart


Common influencers of unhealthy stools

  • Food allergies or intolerances
  • Dehydration
  • Poor nutrition
  • Bacterial imbalances or gut infections like worms and parasites
  • Dysbiosis (the fancy way we say imbalance of bugs in the microbiome), which may be caused by antibiotics, etc
  • Stress 


Hard or pellet-like

It means it’s painful, hard, and not daily. 

Sometimes it’s easily treated with increasing fibre or fluids, but often it can be more complicated than this. If constipation is ongoing and you are seeing no changes, it is best to work with a health professional who will look at doing a stool analysis to test for dysbiosis, parasites, etc. 

  • Magnesium citrate powder (also adding magnesium to the bath is great)
  • Vitamin C powder, increase until desired softness is reached
  • Bowel retraining. Sit on the toilet with knees above your hips to help transit
  • Slippery elm powder
  • Increase fruit (whole not juice), especially pears, prunes, and figs; vegetables; and wholegrains like oats
  • Decrease: processed foods, dairy, and gluten
  • Exercise to get things moving
Mum Tips
  • Stewed pears on yoghurt with some slippery elm (start small and work your way up) mixed in
  • Every day after breakfast, I get them to sit on the toilet and read a book or ‘find Wally’, anything to make them sit for longer. If your kids are young, they might enjoy the Moo to Poo technique.
  • Water, water, and more water! If I’m needing to add a few extra cups, my girls will happily have a cup of tea with me (a little honey, no tea).


Soft & Mushy

Although it is a good thing if it is mild, it is flushing out toxins and bacteria that cause illnesses. If it is ongoing, then it is a concern as dehydration and absorption of nutrients are inhibited. 

  • Food allergies/intolerances
  • Imbalanced gut microbes
  • Bacterial infection
  • Bad food/water
  • There were too many greasy foods that I was unable to digest
  • Medications


  • Apples, bananas (green, unripe)
  • Easy-to-digest foods like soups, cooked vegetables and stewed fruits
  • Bone broth: high in nutrients and soothes the gut lining
  • Electrolytes naturally occur in coconut water


Mum Tips
  • Mix 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder with 1/2 cup stewed apples. These are both soothing and nourishing to the gut. Eat multiple times a day. Once cooked, you may consider even sprinkling in probiotics. 
  • Consult a health professional if diarrhoea does not resolve in 2 days, especially under 2 years of age
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