Sunday, August 21, 2011

Another one about poop

You're not going to believe me when I tell you my daughter has not had any crazy bouts of stomach trouble until now.  She did have a weird 1 day bout of diarrhea 5 months ago or so but that's about it.
Well, my daughter has a case of constipation or what she calls, "Hard Poops."
I feel for her.
When I was a kid, I had major constipation issues.  Looking back , it probably was because all I ate was rice soup but who knows.
This particular case, I should have seen coming.
For the past three days, she hasn't really been eating her normal fiber intake.  She's also lowered her vegetable and fruit intake.  So it was inevitable.
I think it was probably harder for DH and I to witness and be a part of than TG.  1) We all have had our shares of tummy troubles and it's no picnic. 2) We're her parents and she's in obvious discomfort and we really can't do much about it at the moment.  3) The kid was crying, red eyed tears of hurt.
I explained how what we eat helps us poop and we've upped our intake of veggies, fruits and fiber.
DH gave her a soothing bath and rubbed her back and tummy for what probably was 20 minutes or more.
She carefully ate some veggie soup and we went to bed.
At 4 in the morning, she woke up and told me she had to go to the bathroom.  Thankfully, this bout was minimal and only took a short time to start relieving itself.  Now, just in case you don't know, it takes about 2-3 days for a toddler's system to get back to speed so we'll be monitoring this but I so felt awful.
I'm just grateful she hasn't moved towards the withtholding that some toddlers do after a hard poop.  That's seriously no fun.