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This Week's Carenote - 09/18/12

I'd like to see some suggestions for dealing with fecal incontinence.

 

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Name: Jane
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Date: 11/08/2012
Time: 11:21 PM

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Prevention is the best thing, if you can manage it. You can do this by bowel training which consists of toileting at the same time daily. Often in bowel training a stool softner and a mini enema (not a Fleets but a tiny enema--Theravac is the brand I used) is used to stimulated a bowel movement then the individual is placed on the toilet. Within 5 mins. after a mini enema, a bowel movement usually occurs. Then use protective underwear as described in the other comment, just in case, but you may just minimize accidents and simply flush the poop instead of having fecal incontinence. Good luck


Name: Lynn
Location: College Park, MD
Date: 09/23/2012
Time: 05:55 AM

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We are using the most absorbent protective overnight underwear that I could find. It is typically rated in terms of urine but works for fecal incontinence, too. It has elastic around the leg openings and can be cut with scissors to take off when it is dirty. Tena is a good brand. I have also had good experience with buying online from Secure Personal Care (find them via Google). Regular diapers/underwear like you buy in the grocery store didn't work for us.


 







 

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