One of my kids was constipated the other day. He came to me and told me he was having trouble pooping. I asked him what he had eaten. We went back over his food consumption from the previous 24 hours. Nothing really stood out to me as something that would bind him up. He’s a pretty good eater. He hadn’t eaten a brick of cream cheese or eight slices of Wonder bread in one sitting. He had eaten a large amount of chicken for lunch the previous day, but that didn’t seem like it would cause that much of a problem.
I asked him if he had he recently been playing and felt the urge to go, but then ignored it and kept on playing.
He said, “yes.”
This prompted a discussion about how your body gives you signals and you need to follow those signals, particularly when it comes to going potty.
I relayed my own experiences as a kid of feeling the urge to go, but then “sucking it back up” in order to play longer because pooping was such an inconvenience. Ain’t nobody got time for that when Ken and Barbie are right in the middle of consummating their marriage.
I told him how when I was a kid, I didn’t understand that when I didn’t go when my booty urged that everything would build up and make it that much harder to go in the future. I spent a lot of time drinking prune juice and sweating and gripping the sides of the commode for dear life.
I wish my parents had told me that when my body says, “go,” that I should have gone. Now so my parents don’t feel badly when they read this I should probably clarify that they may have indeed taught me this lesson and I just didn’t listen. Or it may have been the fact that no one would ever think they would need to tell their kids to go poop when their body says to poop. I would never think to do this if I hadn’t experienced the agony of constipation for so many years myself.
Sadly, it wasn’t until I was an adult that I realized that when my body says, “go,” that I should go. I might have even been 30 before I learned this. Seriously. What is wrong with me? I do actually have a college degree. In biology.
Since this topic isn’t something I read about often, I wanted to make sure that I do my part and encourage parents to teach their kids about the importance of pooping in a timely manner. It can save kids a lot of pain in the long run and hours on the toilet. Trust me.