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Diet and fluid intake recommendations
& Enemeez® Plus
When switching to Enemeez®
increase this amount gradually over a 6 week period to prevent
If you have been using a bisacodyl product, please keep in mind
a bloated feeling and too much gas. If you can’t eat as much
that bisacodyl is a stimulant laxative and irritates the rectal
fiber as your healthcare professional suggests, you may want to
mucosa. Neutrophils can persist in the mucosa for up to 30
try fiber supplements or natural vegetable powders, like
hours after insertion of the bisacodyl, thus leading to inflamed
psyllium. Remember, if you use fiber to vary the consistency of
rectal mucosa producing a mucous discharge. Mucosal discharge
your stool, you will have more total stool and may need to do
may occur up to three (3) days after discontinuing bisacodyl.
You should allow time for your body to heal from the use of
the bisacodyl product in order to produce an improved bowel
There are no foods that cause diarrhea in everyone. Some
movement with the Enemeez®
product. With older post injury
people find fatty, spicy, or greasy foods seem to be related to
patients, please allow at least five (5) or more bowel sessions for
diarrhea. Other people report that caffeine—found in coffee,
the body to acclimate to Enemeez®
. If you do not experience
tea,cocoa, chocolate and many soft drinks—appear to cause
an improvement, please phone the Enemeez®
diarrhea. Diarrhea-causing bacteria can contaminate different
coordinator for additional information.
foods as well. If you have episodes of diarrhea, keep a food
Diet and fluid intake will play an important part in
record of what you eat and drink to help you identify what
improving your bowel care program with Enemeez®
How Much Should I Drink Every Day?
You need to drink plenty of fluids everyday to keep your
Not everyone will benefit from a high-fiber diet. You need to
stool soft and to prevent constipation. A good guideline is 64
recall how much fiber you usually had in your diet before
ounces everyday (drinks with alcohol or caffeine don’t count).
your injury or disease and how much you eat now. Talk with
If you exercise a lot or the weather is hot, drink more. Some
people may need to limit how much they drink because of
Preventing Bowel Problems:
their bladder program. Talk with your healthcare professional
• Pay attention to your body, your stool, and your bowel care
about a good daily fluid goal that will work for both your
routine. You know yourself best; you’ll be the first to notice
bladder program and your bowel program.
• When switching to Enemeez®
, change only one component
Drinks like coffee, tea, cocoa, and soft drinks, contain caffeine,
at a time. And give yourself plenty of time to decide if the
and caffeine is a diuretic. Diuretics can cause you to lose even
change has helped. A good rule is to allow at least two weeks
more fluid than you drink. Caffeine is also a stimulant. Consider
keeping caffeine drinks to a minimum.
• Check ups are recommended at least once a year. Bring a
completed copy of the Bowel Care Record from this guide,
Foods That Can Keep Stool Solid but Soft:
and review it with your healthcare professional.
Foods that have a lot of fiber can absorb liquids and helpmake your stool solid but soft and easy to pass. High-fiber
What Is a Bowel Care Record?
foods are fresh fruits and vegetables, dried peas and beans, and
A Bowel Care Record helps you and your healthcare
whole grain cereals and breads. It’s best to get the dietary fiber
professional see whether your bowel program is working.
you need from a variety of food sources. A starting goal of at
Every time you do bowel care, write down the results. A
least 15 grams of fiber each day is recommended as part of a
bowel care record is included on the reverse side of this
healthy diet. An increase in fiber is recommended only if it is
necessary to produce a soft-formed stool. It’s a good idea to
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