Managing Stoma Output: Diarrhea


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Experiencing occasional bouts of diarrhea is not uncommon for ostomates. Diarrhea among individuals with an ostomy is characterized by frequent, loose, and watery output, and it can stem from various factors and triggers. 

Causes Of Diarrhea In Stoma Output

  • Illness
  • Upset tummy
  • Food poisoning
  • Stress, especially if it is severe and ongoing
  • Some medications (including some antibiotics and certain type 2 diabetes medication such as Metformin)
  • Diet

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Tips To Manage Diarrhea In Stoma Output

Diarrhea is a common occurrence, but rest assured, there are practical methods to effectively manage and alleviate its symptoms.

  • Reduce the amount of high fibre foods in your diet (e.g., beans, lentils, fruit and green vegetables)
  • Avoid spicy food
  • Keep coffee, fruit juices and alcohol to a minimum as these can increase output
  • Include plain starchy foods such as rice, pasta, white bread, porridge and bananas. You can also try eating starchy marshmallows or jelly babies (approx 200g)
  • Manage stress and learn relaxation techniques
  • Take medication to slow down bowel movement

Should your diarrhea become severe or persist beyond a 48-hour period, it is crucial to promptly consult with your healthcare provider for expert guidance and assistance. Prioritize your well-being and reach out to your doctor to ensure optimal care and management.

During episodes of diarrhea, it is essential to maintain proper hydration, even if you experience a reduced appetite. This recommendation holds particular significance for individuals with an ileostomy. However, if increasing your fluid intake leads to a significant rise in stoma output, it is advisable to seek medical advice for further evaluation and personalized recommendations.

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