We’re still in diapers (well, she wears them, I buy them, lug them around and change them, so I use “we” like men use “we” during pregnancy…) and I’m not really concerned unless there’s something obviously wrong. She’s an infrequent pooper, tending to go three or four days between poopy days, but then four or five times a day on that poopy day. She’s been that way since they stopped giving her glycerin suppositories every three days in the hospital, and I noticed that she was indeed *very *regular: every Friday between noon and 12:30, she’d poop. That was it. I did mention it to her doctor, and she didn’t care either. “When she does go, does it hurt, is it black, white, red, hard like pebbles or totally liquid?” are her concerns, and so they’re mine as well. Since the answer to all of the above is generally “no”, even though she’s not that “regular” any more, we’ve decided not to worry about it.
I have noticed three times lately a severe case of burning diarrhea that lasts about a week, the kind that means even the most gentle diaper wipe leads to bloody spots on the skin (not blood coming from the rectum), and all three are correlated with fast food chicken nuggets (three different restaurants). It’s the sort of thing that I’m torn about “testing.” Do I really want to subject her (and me) to that once more to be sure I’m not just imagining the connection, or do I want to just declare chicken nuggets off limits for the next few years? I haven’t decided yet.
I assume my son has had bowel movements in the last 11 years, but once he was out of diapers I never concerned myself with it. Well once, when he had surgery and got constipated as a result of the narcotics. Then his tears and whimpers from the bathroom prompted me to hand him a tub of Vaseline and tell him to stick a fingerful at the exit, which solved the problem handily.