There is no such thing as a perfect poo – they come in all shapes, sizes and even colours.
They’re also different when it comes to colour and texture. Each time, it might be a little bit different. This is because poo reflects what you have recently eaten. So, what does your poo say about you?
Here are the most common types:
1. Roo Poo Pellets
These poos are small hard, dry lumps like nuts or animal droppings. They can also be quite difficult to push out. This sort of poo is often a sign of constipation. Constipation can be caused by not having enough fibre, or not drinking enough liquid. It can also be because of lack of exercise. To improve roo poos, eat more fibre from wholegrain bread and breakfast cereals, fill up on fruit and vegetables and make sure you are drinking plenty of water.
2. Big shiny floating poo
These are large, greasy poos which often float and are difficult to flush away. They can often make the bottom itchy too. Again, there is a need to be drinking lots of liquid and eating healthily. If you find your, or your children’s poos never seem to flush, then you might want to visit the doctor to see if everything is OK. It’s a common problem, but good to check it out.
3. Smelly Belly Poo
When poo smells really bad, this can be a sign of poor digestion. It means that food is sitting for too long inside the digestive tract. To combat this, exercise is key. A healthy diet with lots of fruit, vegetables and fibre can work wonders in making poo less pongy and stay away from junk food!
4. Skid City
These stools leave skid marks down your toilet. This is because they have too much sticky mucous in them. This means more fibre is needed in the diet. Poos that leave skid marks are quite common.
5. Pale Poo
Some poo is light or more yellow-ish in colour. Lots of people do the odd pale stool. But if you find that your’s or child’s poo, is pale a lot of the time, then you should seek medical advice just to make sure everything is OK. Often, there’s nothing to worry about, but it’s always best to be on the safe side.
So, are you tempted to have a better look next time you sit on the throne?
If you become concerned about any symptoms, please seek immediate medical attention – we have some hotlines and suggested websites for further information and advice – https://www.stayathomemum.com.au/my-kids/babies/important-hotlines-websites/
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