Bowel Management. The digestive system. mouth. oesophagus. stomach. bowel. Sigmoid colon. Rectum. back passage. Why do you need to look after your bowel after Spinal Cord Injury?. The feelings from your bowel may have changed Your control of your bowel may have changed
The digestive system
The feelings from your bowel may have changed
Your control of your bowel may have changed
The movement of stool (poo) through your bowel may have slowed down
Why learn about bowel care?
Empty your bowel at the same time every day or every other day
Have meals regularly through the day
Drink a lot, especially water
Eat 5 portions a day of fruit or vegetables and 2 portions of whole grain foods (for example: weetabix, brown bread, brown rice or pasta, mangos and dried apricots)
Have a hot drink 20 minutes before you start your bowel routine
Laxatives – medicines which help the bowel to work
You may be given one or more of these to help you empty your bowel
Movicol is a powder that you mix with water
Senokot is a tablet that you take 8 to 12 hours before you want to empty your bowel
Fybogel is a powder that you mix with water or fruit juice
Suppositories are made of glycerin and are inserted into your back passage.
Suppositories melt and lubricate your bowel which makes it easier to empty.
Collect plastic gloves, Aquajel and place them by the toilet
Sit comfortably on the toilet and relax
Put on a plastic glove and squeeze a little Aquajel onto your finger
Put 2 suppositories into your back passage as you were shown by your nurse
Massage your tummy
After a few minutes you can gently rub your back passage
You may need to empty your bowel with your finger. Your nurse can show you how to do this.
Different types of stool (poo)
Separate hard lumps
Sausage shaped but lumpy
Like a sausage but with cracks in the surface
Like a snake, smooth and soft
Spinal Outpatient Team
Telephone number: 01296 315828 or 01296 315829