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Let's Talk About Poop: A Guide for Parents

It’s a messy topic often discussed behind closed doors, but understanding your child’s poop is essential. Dr. Mollie Grow, a pediatrician at Seattle Children’s and the University of Washington, breaks down what you need to know.

Color Matters

Normal, healthy poop can come in various colors. While green, brown, and yellow are usually fine, watch out for abnormal colors like black, white, or red. Black stool may indicate internal bleeding, red could mean a cut, and white is rare but could signal an underlying issue.

Frequency and Consistency

Children should poop every one to two days. The consistency should resemble soft-serve ice cream. If it’s hard, dry, or pellet-like, your child might be constipated.

Common Causes of Constipation

Low fiber and fluid intake contribute to constipation. Encourage water between meals and include fiber-rich foods like pitted fruits and vegetables.

Talking to Kids About Poop

Normalize the conversation with children. Make it enjoyable, especially during toilet training.

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