So back in the 1990s, as Dr. Hodges mentions in our book, some folks in England actually stopped listening to good music and eating bad food long enough to produce a pictorial representation of the various forms of poop.
If your kid’s poops look like Types 1 or 2 on the scale, you can bet she has a mass o’ poop in her rectum, no matter how often she poops. Type 4 is a stellar stool. A+!
Anyway, as helpful as the Bristol scale may be, it’s a bit complex for preschoolers. My 4-½-year-olds developed their own poop scale, assigning names rather than numbers, to their poops. They explain it all in the video.
One clarification: As the boys indicate in the video, “thick snake” = bad. But poop shaped like a thin snake is fine.