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Softy the Poop: New Book Gets Families Talking About Poop! but There's a Serious Goal: To Avoid Debilitating Childhood Constipation

Dr Tom DuHamel’s unconventional yet vitally-important new book takes the taboo subject of ‘poop talk’ and actively encourages children and their parents to get down to discussing the brown. But the strangely-lovable ‘Softy’ the poop character and his message are far from whim; the book seeks to raise vital awareness for what to eat and how to examine poop, while preventing severe childhood constipation.


Seattle, WA -- (SBWIRE) -- 10/27/2014 -- Books about poop are rare to say the least, especially those containing an actual caricatured poop with a name like ‘softy’, who encourages children to look forward to seeing him lying at the bottom of the toilet bowl.

However ‘Softy the Poop: Helping Families Talk About Poop’, by Dr Tom DuHamel accomplishes all of this with the very serious intention of helping families engage in healthy conversation and decrease the likelihood of painful constipation.


Most parents are uncomfortable talking about poop. They are also uncomfortable when their children talk about poop. Unfortunately, when families do not talk about poop, children are more likely to become constipated. "Softy the Poop" is intended to prevent severe childhood constipation (encopresis) by educating children and parents and by facilitating healthy parent-child conversations about poop.

"Softy the Poop" is a fun, colorfully illustrated book for toddlers, preschoolers and kindergarteners that teaches them the difference between normal poop and constipated poop. Softy tells kids why it likes to be soft and why it does not like to be hard. Softy encourages kids to eat the food that keeps their poop soft and to try poop on the toilet every day. Softy the Poop makes it fun for kids to poop on the toilet. The book also includes "Poop Notes for Parents" and a drawing activity for the kids.

“I admit that this book is likely to first be received with a raised eyebrow, but it is firmly intended to open a dialogue up about a condition affecting four-million children in the United States alone. Ironically, the more that families discuss poop and diet, the healthier their kids will be,” explains Dr DuHamel.

Continuing, “Most parents of constipated children are unaware the condition is present and when left untreated it can quickly develop into Encopresis, which is much more serious. Encopresis causes painful withholding of stool that is often deposited into underwear or in other situations that cause embarrassment or distress.”

Therefore, all parents are urged to purchase copies of the book as soon as possible. Who knew that poop talk could be so important?!

‘Softy the Poop: Helping Families Talk About Poop’ is available for pre-order now: http://amzn.to/1D2jB3e

For more information on the author’s other work, visit: http://www.theinsandoutsofpoop.com

About Thomas R DuHamel, PhD ( Dr. Tom )
Thomas R DuHamel, PhD ( Dr. Tom ) is the author of, "The Ins and Outs of Poop: A Guide to Treating Childhood Constipation". He is a pediatric psychologist who specializes in the prevention and treatment of severe childhood constipation, more commonly known as functional constipation or encopresis. Dr. DuHamel is in private practice with the Associates in Behavior and Child Development, ABCD Inc, in Seattle, Washington. He is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington School of Medicine.