Instructed patient/caregiver about some things you can do to help move things through your ostomy: do not take laxative.
Instructed patient/caregiver about some things you can do to help move things through your ostomy: Sometimes changing your position, such as drawing your knees up to your chest, may help move along the food in your gut.
Instructed patient/caregiver about some things you can do to help move things through your ostomy: Take a warm bath to relax your abdominal muscles, fluids can be taken if there is some stool output: solid foods should be avoided.
Instructed patient/caregiver about some things you can do to help move things through your ostomy: Watch for swelling of the stoma and adjust the opening of the wafer as needed until the swelling goes down.
Instructed caregiver many factors, such as foods, normal bacteria in your intestine, illness, certain medicines, and vitamins can cause odor some foods can produce odor: eggs, cabbage, cheese, cucumber, onion, garlic, fish, dairy foods, and coffee are among them. If you find that certain foods bother you, avoid them.
Instructed patient in some cases of colostomy, skin irritation or infection can result from stool that leaks under the bag. A hernia can develop around a colostomy, and the bowel may become narrow. Taking good care of your stoma and eating a balanced diet can help you avoid these problems. Pouching systems are waterproof. However, you may feel more secure if you wear an ostomy belt or put tape around the edges of your skin barrier when you are in the water.
Instructed patient If you do put tape around the skin barrier edges do not remove the tape after water activities. Removing the tape may cause the skin barrier to loosen. It is helpful to hold your skin smooth as you put your pouching system on to avoid wrinkles that may lead to leakage.
Instructed patient measure your stoma once a week for the first 6 to 8 weeks after your ostomy surgery. Your stoma shrinks while it is healing and you need to keep measuring so you can make sure that the opening in the skin barrier is the right size for your stoma. Remeasure your stoma if any irritation develops between the stoma and skin barrier wafer.
Instructed patient to check your skin and the back of your skin barrier each time you change your pouching system. You can use a mirror to check your skin under the stoma. Look for any places where stool or urine may have leaked under the skin barrier and onto your skin. When you apply your next pouching system these areas may need some extra reinforcement with skin barrier strips, rings or paste.
Instructed patient when you have a stoma that drains urine or loose stool you may want to consider using an extended wear skin barrier because it will give your skin added protection. Itching or burning under the skin barrier may indicate that you have leakage, a skin rash, or a skin infection. You need to remove your pouching system as soon as possible to check your skin for any irritation.