Might seem like a taboo subject, but poop can tell you a mountain of information about your child’s health. It can tell you if your child is absorbing nutrients well, digesting fats properly, eating foods that he is intolerant to, drinking enough water…All of which affect the brain functioning! Good poop… good brain…
Let me explain.
Lets say your child has trouble wiping after they go to the washroom, as indicated by frequently “dirty” underwear. This may be an indication that your child is eating something in their diet that they personally are intolerant to. Food intolerance often leads to inflammation, leaky gut, leaky brain, and poor nutrient absorption.
If the poop is greasy in nature (leaves marks on the toilet even after flushing), your child may not be properly digesting and absorbing fats, which are an absolute necessity for a well functioning brain.
If your child has frequent visits to the toilet, and their poop has very little form to it, it quite often is due to a food intolerance. Nutrient absorption is not optimal in this case, and inflammation is quite possible. As we know, inflammation is involved in many diseases and brain disorders. Add fewer nutrients to the mix and you’ve got a recipe for trouble.
If, on the other hand, your child has difficulty going poop, or goes less than once a day, they could be intolerant to a food, but could also be dehydrated, or not eating enough real whole foods with natural fibre. If they do not admit to you that they are straining, the poop will appear nodular (little balls all stacked together), or be in separate little balls in the toilet. Take a look. If you see this, you know that your child is constipated. The reason poop exists is so that we can remove the toxins from our bodies. If your child keeps the toxic load longer than necessary, some toxins may get reabsorbed, and health will not be optimal for them.
This is important. Ideally, your child should poop 2-3 times a day without force. There should be no urgency, but the call of nature should be listened to and not held. If your child won’t poop at school, have them try when they get home. Holding their poop after the call of nature can lead to constipation by the reabsorption of fluid, making the poop much harder to pass.
Bottom line (pun intended)… make their business your business. Investigate the toilet. Investigate the underwear. Ask questions. Use smell as a guide as well. Poop should not smell like roses, but it should not be foul smelling either. If things seem abnormal, figure out what, in their diet, is lacking or should be removed. Ensure they are eating a variety of whole foods, probiotic rich foods, drinking adequate amounts of clean water, and eliminate any culprit foods.
If you are uncertain, refer to the Bristol’s Stool Chart on line for descriptions and pictures of what to look for in the toilet.
The diet, and therefore the brain, is not right until the poop is right. Getting your child’s poop optimal is one huge step towards making them…