Once you chew and swallow your food, it takes off on a trip through your body, through the esophagus, stomach, small and large intestine and finally out through your bum. It can take hours or days for the food to complete its journey.
On its way from mouth the bum, the good stuff in the food is soaked up by your body. The vitamins, carbohydrates, fats and proteins – all the fuel that allows you to move around, play or even think.
The small intestine is a tube that is very, very long – about 6 meters in an adult. That’s like a garden hose! The large intestine is much shorter, only about 1 meter long but it is called large because it is wider. The intestines, or bowels, suck in the last pieces of the food, also the water, and transforms it into poo. Poo is stored in the last part of the bowels, the rectum, until a signal is sent to the brain that it is time to have a poo. That is when we feel a need to go to the toilet.
The poo can vary from day to day. Sometimes it’s hard and dry and sometimes it’s lose or even watery. All that is normal and depends on a lot of things – what you eat, how often you go the toilet or how much you move around. Sometimes you can’t poo the ordinary way, but you are not alone. Plenty of kids have the same problem and there are other ways of doing it, TAI for example.