Don’t read this if you are eating or have a weak stomach.
Recently I feel like I’m a contestant on some bizarre mom-themed reality show. Iron Mom, maybe? This week’s challenge: diaper management.
Contestant M has been given three children with various diaper challenges, can she juggle three diets to prevent poop catastrophe?
Child 1: Baby B. is nursing and has been having up to 20 poopy diapers a day. Can mom change her diet to limit the frequency? (Will mom have to give up her favorite foods: broccoli and blueberries in the height of berry season?) Also what diaper cream/wipes combo will work best to limit rash and heal that poor chafed bum?
Child 2: Following a bout of diarrhea Toddler S. has red, oozy, sores and rash. She doesn’t like to tell mom when her diaper is dirty. Can mom implement early detection routines? Also what diet changes can limit frequent wet stools? Can mom tempt the toddler who has recently become jaded with cheese into eating just a few more bites of cheddar? Can mom limit fruit intake, especially when older sibling can eat all the fruit she wants?
Child 3: Pre-schooler B. is almost potty trained; but is getting stopped up and has to be coaxed to sit on the toilet. She frequently gets distracted during meals and mom has to hover to make sure a balanced meal gets consumed. Sometimes she even has to be spoon-fed. Can mom tickle the fancy of this picky eater, convincing her to eat more fruits while limiting baby sister’s fruit intake? And how to convince her that a pull-up is not a diaper and that if she’s awake she really does need to go use the potty because what is ok for the babies doesn’t work for her?
Hey, sometimes you have to laugh about it or else you may just cry.