A mum has many hats to wear.


You’re a cook during meal times, a cleaner when the house is in a mess, a clown when the little one needs some entertainment, and even a stool detective when your child’s toilet trips are a bit off.


What a stool detective does is analyse the stools your child had deposited in the potty – whether they are hard, soft, watery, lumpy, to determine if your child needs extra fibre in their diet or a trip to the paediatrician’s office.


And when your child finally pooped after two days, you are likely to feel accomplished and satisfied. Strangely, your child’s poop had just made your day. In short, your child’s potty business matters to you.





The urban dictionary says ‘nature’s call’ is the feeling we get when we need to go to the bathroom. Therefore, the passing motion has to be a natural process.


However, this may not be entirely the case for all children.


According to Dr. Natasha Burget, a Paediatrician and the National Spokesperson for the American Academy of Paediatrics, one of the biggest obstacles to potty use is simply the fear of pain. “If poop ever hurts during the process, then kids don’t want to do it,” she explains. “A fearful child who holds in the stool as long as possible stretches out the nerves in the rectal wall. These stretched nerves cause the child to hold out on their bowel movement frequently, as they don’t realise there’s a need to go. This leads to constipation, accidents with liquid poop (encopresis), more pain, and frustration for both child and parents.”


One way to make pooping easier is simply to change the position or posture of defecating – from sitting to squatting. Dr. Burgert describes the squat position as sitting with the knees elevated above the hips, leaning forward slightly. This posture relaxes the puborectalis muscle and lets the rectum straighten out, allowing waste to empty out thoroughly.


To put your little toilet-learner into the right pooping position, you can either stack books or place a stool under their feet high enough to elevate their knees.





The right pooping position may not be the ultimate answer to every bowel struggle. Another option to be highly considered is the right diet. The right diet will not only improve bowel movements, it will also put the smile back to your child’s face every time nature calls.


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