Bowel Related Problems

What can help

Please find leaflets to help with Bowel Related Problems tab Advice Leaflets on the right, or click. Here (Hyperlink).
Drinking the correct amount of fluid 1.5 – 2 litres of fluid per day can help prevent constipation. The job of the last part of the gut is to absorb fluid back into the body. It will do this even if you are drinking very little. If you are not drinking enough, this makes the waste hard and makes it difficult for you to get rid of waste. Fluid helps the waste to remain slippery and therefore easier to pass.
It is important to make sure that your diet has adequate fibre in it. The best advice is to eat 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day for health. How much fibre is in our diet
Limber up!! Regular exercise, within your limitations, can stimulate the bowel to work regularly.
Bowels benefit from routine. Allow yourself time and privacy to empty your bowels. This can be difficult if you require help and assistance in the toilet, but discuss this with your nurse, they may have some ideas to help.
When you feel the need to empty your bowel – respond! If you keep ignoring the bowel you can make yourself constipated.
Correct Toilet Sitting Position
It is important to be in a good position to have your bowels open so… Are you sitting comfortably? This means being well supported and feeling safe, not slipping or sliding or having trouble getting on and off the toilet. Feet should be raised and supported (about the height of a shoe box), feet flat on box, leaning forward on to knees.
No Straining
Do not strain to aid bowel emptying this can aggravate haemorrhoids (Piles) and can cause haemorrhoids to bleed, if you see blood you should discuss with your GP. Blowing is a very effective way to help empty bowel you can blow on to the back of your hand or blow bubbles
Some medicines you take may upset your bowel habit. Do not stop medication, but ask your doctor or pharmacist if you suspect this for advice.
Please find leaflets to help with Bowel Related Problems tab Advice Leaflets on the right, or click. Here (Hyperlink).
Leakage if you cough, sneeze, laugh or even on some movements Information for both men and women
Increase frequency (the need to pass urine more often); Increased bladder urgency (Need to rush to the toilet); Urge urinary incontinence (Passing urine before reaching the toilet); Nocturia (Waking to use pass urine at night)
Constipation, Diarrhoea, Bowel Urgency (Need to rush to toilet), Bowel Emptying Problems (unable to full empty bowel, having to using other techniques to empty bowel effectively)
Sadly when people become forgetful this may also mean they gradually loose the memory of what to do in a toilet or even where the toilet is. Advice can be found here to help manage in these circumstances.
Last updated27 Jul 2018
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