When you adjust from life before an ileostomy to living with an ileostomy there are many, many changes that you will need to adjust to. The most obvious would be your bowel movements.
We all know what a healthy bowel movement is or if you are like me you only wished of a 'normal' bowel movement (pre ileostomy). So when I got my ileostomy it was like nothing had changed just liquid like it has been the last few years. I had to learn quickly how to not only try to avoid so much liquid output but how to control this type of output.
And there are simple tips to help!
A liquid output can be caused by certain foods you eat. There are certain foods (especially when consumed in a high volume) that cause a liquid output such as:
- Fibrous foods (wholemeal bread, raw vegetables, wholegrain cereals, leafy green vegetables, sweet corn, fruits and nuts)
- Spicy foods
- Drinks that contain caffeine (coffee, tea, cola)
- Fried foods
- Fruit Juices
TIP: If you are experiencing high output and eat these foods, maybe reduce the amount you consume to see if it helps at all.
If you have a stomach bug this could also contribute to having a higher output.
I will now share ways that I find helps to thicken my output:
- There are satches of crystals that you put into your bag. These crystals absorb your output and help your bag not to fill as quickly.
- Try eating things that have high carbs like white bread, potatoes, chips, toast
- Bananas (also good for helping with certain vitamins and protein)
- Smooth peanut butter (I do love peanut butter sandwiches)
- Marshmellows are great too (I have heard people say they have marshmellows 30 minutes before their bag change to help having a watery output during the bag change)
- Depending on what your doctor or stoma nurse says sometimes taking 1 anti-diarrhea medications can help (only if they advise)
If your output changes and you are concerned always check with your doctor or stoma nurse.
*DISCLAIMER: The above information has been provided based on my own experience*