Is your child finding it hard or even painful to poop? Doing the number two less often than usual? This might be a sign that junior is suffering from constipation. It’s a condition that’s pretty common among toilet-training toddlers and school-going kids alike. Perhaps the colour and consistency of a child’s poop can tell us what he or she is going through? Here’s a handy chart that illustrates all you need to know about types of poop and constipation.
Difficulty in pooping, or pooping irregularly1
Refusing to go to the toilet2
Poop stains on your child’s underwear1
Unable to control bowel movements3
Producing unusually solid or lumpy stools3
Experiences anal pain and/or has bloody stools1
Complains of tummy ache or is unable to eat2
Type 1: Hard lumps that look like nuts
Type 2: Sausage-shaped or lumpy stools
Type 3: Looks like a sausage but with many surface cracks
Type 4: Looks like a sausage or snake, and is soft and smooth
Type 5: Soft blobs with clear-cut edges
Type 6: Fluffy pieces with ragged edges or mushy stool
Type 7: Watery with no solid pieces, or is entirely liquid
Child refuses to go to the toilet.
Buttock muscles are squeezed tightly to hold back the stools.
Stool is pushed up into the rectum valve.
Stools accumulate, harden and constipation occurs.
Not ready for toilet training or unable to control bowel movements.1
Taking medication such as cough mixture and diarrhea medicine that can cause dry stools.1
Feeling emotionally stressed by changes in the family environment1,2, such as having a newborn sibling.
Having a disorder that’s related to the colon, rectum or other bodily functions.1
The good news is, most children with constipation can find relief easily. For instance, feed them fibre-rich foods such as fruit and vegetables and make them drink more water to relieve their constipation. Alternatively, you can consider supplementing your child’s diet with milk powder that supports digestion.
Another way is by encouraging your child to adopt good toilet habits that can help ease the pooping experience. This includes:
Adopting a comfortable posture for their legs and feet while sitting on the toilet bowl2
Taking a deep breath and holding it while straining to poop4
Finds it difficult to eat1