With warmer weather and an abundance of outdoor summertime activities, it can be challenging to keep kids well hydrated this time of year. This may result in constipation, and potty issues are something kids aren’t always comfortable discussing. What’s a parent to do?
Meet “Dr. Poo,” the very friendly expert on all things poop. This family-friendly, illustrated ebook by William Sears, MD (Dr. Bill) and Martha Sears, RN – the trusted experts at AskDrSears.com – offers a wealth of easy-to-digest pooping pointers for everyone from infants and toddlers to tweens and pregnant/nursing moms. It’s all based on scientific studies, the Sears’ 55-plus years of medical experience, and their eight little Sears poopers and ten grandpoopers.
“When I began pediatric practice in 1972, studying poo was not high on my learning list,” says Dr. Bill, who has authored more than 30 highly acclaimed best-selling books. “Then reality hit. Many of the concerns parents had were about poo: the color, consistency, frequency, shape and so on. My early years as a doctor and parent were like an on-the-job poo school. I learned that one of my goals as a good doctor was to teach parents how to get their child off to the right poo.”
This entertaining ebook will help parents with their ‘poopiest’ conversations and questions, ranging from ‘Portrait of a Perfect Poop’ and ‘Curing Constipation’ to ‘In Search of the Perfect Fiber Supplement.’
Comments Dr. Bill: “Admittedly, “So, how is your poop…” is probably never going to become a favorite topic of dinner conversation. Yet, after you read this book you will not only be able to poo easier and healthier, you will naturally feel good about one of your body’s most important daily productions.”
Teaching kids about the gut microbiome
“In our gut, we have a big pharmacy called a microbiome,” he explains. “The microbiome is a community of gut bugs that, in return for free food and a place to live, they do good things for us. Like a pharmacy inside us, they make medicines. And guess what their favorite food is? Fiber! Our gut bugs live on our leftovers. Fiber is what makes our stools, our poo, soft and easy to pass. Fiber, fiber, fiber is the key word!”
Dr. Bill’s advice includes:
- The Perfect Poop Plan: This prescription for better results in the toilet bowl includes Dr. Bill’s ‘rule of twos’: Eat twice as often, eat half as much, chew twice as long.
- Poo-friendly smoothie ingredients: To boost fluid intake, Dr. Bill advises the two S’s: smoothies and salads. “Enjoy a smoothie in the morning and a salad for lunch or dinner, and your poo will thank you.” He suggests adding fiber-rich foods such as pears, bananas and apples; fluids such as coconut milk, vegetable juice or pomegranate juice; protein powder and a scoop of gut-friendly Dr. Poo Sunfiber. This gentle prebiotic fiber supplement is all-natural, gentle, and clinically proven. It helps food move through the gut at just the right pace. Plus, it’s kid-friendly. It dissolves fast and clear in kids’ favorite non-carbonated beverage without altering taste or texture. Dr. Poo Sunfiber may also be added to foods when cooking and baking. Simply stir until dissolved.
- Answers to frequently asked poo questions: He reveals how to manage poo anxiety, why your child’s poo sometimes smells awful, and the connection between acne and constipation.
- Special bonus: Dr. Poo’s poop chart with images and descriptions of the six poo shapes, revealing which are healthy and which may indicate that something going on in your gut may need medical attention.
Families are invited to get even more practical, kid-friendly advice at AskDrSears.com.
Dr. Sears, or Dr. Bill as his “little patients” call him, has been advising busy parents on how to raise healthier families for over 55 years. He serves as a health consultant for magazines, TV, radio and other media, and his AskDrSears.com website is one of the most popular health and parenting sites.