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?
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.
Common influencers of unhealthy stools
- Food allergies or intolerances
- 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 and anxiety
Hard or pellet like
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 that 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 the hips to help transit
- Slippery elm powder
- Digestive enzymes to ensure adequate food is broken down fully and support digestive processes
- Increase fruit (whole not juice) especially pears, prunes, figs; vegetables and wholegrains like oats
- Decrease: processed foods, dairy, and gluten
- Exercise to get things moving
- 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 in, my girls will happily have a cup of tea with me (a little honey no tea).
Soft & Mushy
Although a good thing if it is mild, as it is flushing out toxins and bacteria causing illnesses. If it is ongoing then it is a concern as dehydration and absorption of nutrients is inhibited.
- Food allergies/intolerances
- Imbalanced gut microbes
- Bacteria infection
- Bad food/water
- To much greasy foods that were unable to digest
- Probiotics: make sure it contains Lactobacillus Rhamnosus GG (LGG) and Saccharomyces Boulardii (SB). LGG has been found to reduce the severity and duration of diarrhoea in kids with gastro. SB, has been shown to be effective for recovery from gastro
- 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
- Digestive enzymes for nutrient absorption
- Electrolytes naturally occur in coconut water
- Mix 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder with 1/2 cup stewed apples. These are both soothing and nourishing to the gut. Eat multiples times a day. Once cooked you can even sprinkle in the probiotics.
Love Alissa & Kristyn ❤
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