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Cereal Boy and the Power of Poo

April 8, 2011

I have found since becoming a mother that I spend much of my time thinking about, looking at, discussing and wiping up shit.  This entire post is about my sons turds, I feel it only right to tell you this from the start so you can skip this entry if you are not as poo obsessed as me.

From  1 ½ to 2 ¼  Cereal Boy would do a regular, perfectly formed shit in his potty whilst reading a book or Private Eye thus we called them Private Eye Potty Poos.  In December he started doing about 10 tiny poos a day, much straining and grunting would occur, dropping to the floor moaning “Ooooohhh Noooooooo!”  The smell produced by these tiny nuggets was something akin to decomposing skunk.   

In January we went the GP:  “have you tried giving him a sticker for each poo?”   WTF? He’ll be shitting every 10 mins if he thinks he’ll get a reward!    I was concerned he might not be dealing well with wheat (Cereal Boy is partial to about 4 weetabix for breakfast each day)  “you can never have too much wheat”  …..…try telling that to the coeliacs.   A prescription for Movicol a light laxative was obtained and we left with me feeling like I was being a bit neurotic.

3 months on from that, no change.  So we started a food and poo diary.  The GP we saw yesterday was different, and very lovely. I did not feel like a neurotic Google diagnosis slave at all, she seemed to understand the issues we were having, assisted by Cereal Boy going for a dramatic poo in her office requiring all windows to be opened.  His bum issues could be several things (lactose intolerance, wheat intolerance, IBS etc) so we are tweaking his diet a bit for a month, then going back to re-assess.  So for the next month he is to have less insoluble fibre (no weetabix for Cereal Boy…I foresee tantrums) no cheese, only live-yoghurt and even more fruit. More breastfeeds if possible, just as I was considering closing the booby bar.

Cereal Boy is being shipped of to Grandads for the weekend (wine here I come!) so Grandad can deal with the cereal related drama tomorrow morning .. joy!

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