potty talk

It’s kind of ironic that I spend a lot of my time telling my six-year old to quit it with all the pee pees and poo poos yet I’m about to devote an entire post to it. She’s so into it that she randomly inserts pee and poop into anything. You know that Maroon 5 song “One More Night”? Every time it comes on the radio she sings “I cross my heart and I hope to pooooooop.” I guess this is where I should tell you that if you’re squeamish about potty talk and not too into scatological humor you should maybe wander away until tomorrow morning.

So, you know I have a toddler. A not quite two-year old. It’s a little on the early side to start potty training–although I do throw her on the potty seat on occasion when she starts squatting in corners. If she’s cool with it, I’ll let her sit there awhile and see if anything happens while we read some books and her sister squeals about what a big girl she is. If she’s not cool with it, I put her diaper back on and let her head back to her corner.

potty talkAnyway, that’s not the real point of this post. I just want to make it clear that my girl is not potty trained. Not in the least.

But she is constipated. And I’m looking for some suggestions.

It’s not that she doesn’t go at all. There was a point a couple of weeks ago when she was sick and a little dehydrated that she went days and days without going. But things are finally moving again. Only it’s painful for her to go and there have been times where she’s spent a large part of the day laboring over it. Seriously. As though she’s trying to give birth.

It’s more than a little heartbreaking to hear your little one, who doesn’t have a huge vocabulary just yet, tell you “It huuuuurts.” When you ask her what hurts it’s either “buttttt” or “belly.” It’s terrible!

One of the things that seems to make it a little easier on her is a warm bath. So lately if she’s been struggling, I’ll throw her in the tub and wait until she’s relaxed enough to drop the kids off at the pool (or I guess in this case, the tub?). Note to moms and dads everywhere: toilet wipes are awesome for quickly fishing turds out of the tub before inquisitive toddlers get their hands on them for dissection.

I’ve also been mixing kids Culturelle into her drinks, trying as much as I can to up her fluid intake and easing up on gluten in case she’s sensitive to it.

But I’m looking for advice! Have any of you had little ones with constipation issues? What have you done to help their little tushes out?

In short, bring on the potty talk!

Written by Jennifer Garry
Jen is a freelance writer and girl mom from New York. When she's not knee-deep in glittery crafts and girl talk, you can probably find her sprawled across her couch in the middle of a Netflix marathon with dark chocolate smeared on her face. The struggle is real.