Thursday, February 4, 2016

Tips for Preventing Blockages in an Ileostomy and Colostomy

If you have a colostomy or ileostomy bag you do not want a blockage. It's normal for your intestine to have periods of activity and inactivity, but if your stoma is inactive for approximately 4 to 6 hours in addition to cramps/pain/nausea, you may have a blockage (also known as an obstruction) in your intestine.  It is important to know what foods can cause a blockage in an ileostomy and what you can do if you have one now.

Steps to prevent a blockage in your ostomy
  • Chew food thoroughly
  • Avoid swallowing a piece of gristle of meat
  • If trying a new food, start with a small taste to measure how your body responds
  • Eat smaller quantities more often rather than a few large meals
  • Stay hydrated

Foods that can cause a blockage
  • Cabbage
  • Kale, spinach, char, etc (greens)
  • Celery
  • Pinapple
  • Nuts
  • Coconut 
  • Corn

If you do experience an intestinal blockage here are a few things to try to get things moving along!
  • Try a relaxing warm bath
  • Change body position
  • Don't take a laxative
  • Note any stomal swelling and enlarge the wafer stoma opening accordingly
  • Finally, call your WOC nurse or doctor for assistance with an intestinal blockage!

Tips for ileostomy obstructions

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