Post # 1
My SIL stayed over for a bit this week and shared with me that her kids only poop once a week. My eyebrows shot up but I didn’t say anything much further. I’m super worried about these kids. Once a week is not normal and is horribly unhealthy. Should I say something to my SIL? I don’t want to offend her or step on any toes.
Post # 2
That is not normal and kinda gross. My kid poops every single day like clock work. What the hell is she feeding them??? If a child eats healthy fruits, veggies, meats whole grains ect they will have a healthy digestive system. But if they are full of fast food crap it will stop them up.
I work in a clinical lab, we just had a 8 year old boy with a bowel block due to constipation that his mom never noticed. We removed a huge part of his intestine and now he can’t control his bowels. Not pretty.
Post # 3
- Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!
Say what!? Is she like… not feeding them at all? What is going on here?
Post # 4
TMI WARNING: As an older child like 8-14ish I remember not really having regular bowel movements and we ate normal homecooked meals and fruits, veggies etc. It wasn’t as bad as once a week but it was probably no more than 2-3 BMs a week and they were hard, not soft. It was due to not drinking enough water.
Post # 5
My goodness you have to say something!!!! That is not normal at all!!!
Post # 6
baletrina: i would mention it to your brother. take great care to just be concerned and not judgemental.
That is totally not okay. They should once or twice a day- probably not eating enough veggies/fiber! Cant lead to serious digestive/intestinal issues.
Post # 7
How old are they? Everyone’s body is different, some people go every day and if they miss a day they get constipated, some people it is normal to have 3 days go by without pooping. Once a week seems a little extreme, I’m wondering what their diet looks like.
If she brings it up again, I would ask about what kind of foods they like and mention that you don’t think that’s very healthy and maybe she should follow up with her pediatrician. If the kids aren’t symptomtic- having abdominal pain or looking ill- it’s probably fine, but you certainly wouldn’t want it to turn into an obstruction…. maybe the pediatrician would recommend miralax or benefiber if the kids are picky eaters who don’t like veggies
Post # 8
They are both picky eater that eat lots of processed food and very little fruits and veggies. They are 4 & 5. Definitely very concerned about them. I’m worried they will end up with an obstruction, colitis, colon cancer or worse! How do I bring it up to her?
Post # 9
I would make sure they’re drinking enough water too….that’s disturbing! I would say something to the kids…they should tell you.
Post # 10
Oh- thats not good. My kids go every day. If they don’t go by the end of the 2nd day I am getting worried.
Post # 11
I am with everyone else here! That’s not normal and you should probably say something.
Post # 12
My ex’s daughter used to stay with us every weekend and she was like 3 years old and had terrible trouble with constipation and it was because her mother and grandmother fed her nothing but processed crap. The poor kid had to have enemas and hated going to the bathroom because it hurt so much, my heart ached for her. Going to the bathroom once a week is not normal, yes some people don’t go as often as others but once a week is really dangerous. My ex went to the doctor with his daughter and her mother and the doctor and he stressed to her that she needed to be feeding her healthy foods. Then she’d show up the next weekend with a chocolate donut. I don’t know how much you can tell this woman to get her to change, but you can at least try.
Post # 13
baletrina: Did she share it with you like she was concerned about it or like she was joking? Maybe she was just exaggerating to be dramatic or without even realizing it. People say things all the time like “I never drink water” and it is just an exaggeration of the truth. I’m just curious how this came up in your initial conversation with her? I can’t imagine a statement like that just coming up in conversation with my SIL.
Post # 14
I work at a NurseLine. The information that we give out is that there is a range of “normal”- from 3 times per day to once every 3 days.
Post # 15
My first thought was “how does she know”? I presume at that age they can poop on their own, and they may not feel the need to share the intimate details of their bowel movements with their parents.