If you suffer from fecal
incontinence, there are many things that you can do to help to limit the
number of “accidents” that you have. While fecal incontinence is an annoying
and sometimes embarrassing condition, it is a manageable one. Check out these
tips for managing your condition and reducing skin irritation:
- Keep an eye on your diet. Keep a list of what you eat every day as well as the effects that those specific foods have on your body. The goal is to avoid those foods that cause problems for you and make your fecal incontinence act up.
- Make fiber a big part of your diet. Fiber is essential for healthy bowel movements and can help reduce the effect that your fecal incontinence has on your life.
- Eat smaller meals. Try eating several small meals throughout the day instead of two or three large ones.
- Water, water, water! Drink more water—at least eight glasses a day.
- Keep your bum clean. After each bowel movement, wash with water instead of using just dry toilet paper. Baby wipes work great (just make sure you get the flushable type!).
- Let your bum dry. After you wash your bottom, let it air dry thoroughly to avoid irritation.
- Use moisture-barrier creams. These can help protect your skin from having contact with stools.
- Wear loose clothing and breathable cotton undies.
What do you do to manage your fecal incontinence?