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How to Care for Someone With Bowel Incontinence

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Posted August 2, 2013

 

Fecal incontinence, which affects more than 5 million Americans and is more common in older adults, is often caused by weakness in the anal sphincter muscle, which normally contracts to keep stool from leaking out.

  • If the person you’re caring for hasn’t seen his doctor about it, schedule an appointment.

  • About an hour after a meal is a good time to remind them to go to the toilet.

  • Don’t rush your loved one.

  • Making some changes in their diet could help cut down on accidents.

  • Some of their favorite beverages and foods may be adding to the problem.

  • If your loved one is ill and bed-bound, order a pressure-reducing mattress, which will help prevent pressure sores.

  • If they use a wheelchair, they should also be repositioned frequently and have cushions to prevent the development of pressure sores on their bottom.

Source: Caring.com

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