I have a two year old, and when I got the ostomy he was 20 months old. Well being that he is that small, if he and I are the only ones at home I have to take him in the bathroom with me, he doesn't mind, he usually just colors with his shower crayons, he was used to going to the bathroom with me (that is totally offtopic, I know) anyway he was 20 months when i got the ostomy, and the first time he saw me empty the bag, he just stared and stared, and said, "what's that thing called?" So I said, "it's an ileostomy" and he said, "what's an ileostomy" so I started trying to explain it to him, and told him that is where I keep my poo. And he said, "How did pooh bear get in there!" Well I decided to quit trying to explain then.
Well after that for the next few weeks, everytime he would just stare and ask and I have no idea what to tell him. He hasn't asked lately, but he still just stares and he say "Got to get that little bottle" (that I use to spray it out with water) then he says "got to empty it out" then "got to close it up" But he still doesn't have any idea what's it for. When I first came home from the hosptial he stayed at my grandmas for the first five weeks, because I couldn't take care of him myself not being able to pick him up, and he would ask then why and I would just tell him my belly was broken, and that seemed to work for a while. Now he also wants to know how my belly got broken, and one day he tried to fix it with a play screwdriver!
How can I tell him what it's for?