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.