All You Need to Know About Managing Bowel Leakage
Life is full of surprises, some that have lasting effects on our bodily functions. If you had a recent procedure or have a specific condition then you might be managing some level of bowel leakage. Regardless of the level of leakage you have, or why you have it, there are products that can help you live a confident, full life. There are also many different treatments options that you and your doctor can discuss for long-term results in managing bowel leakage. Support groups and other online resources are also available for you that we'll mention below. We're here to give you all the helpful information you can use throughout your journey so you can live your life the best way possible.
The Best Adult Diapers for Bowel Leakage
Using the right products to contain bowel leakage is essential to living a confident life outside the house. We recommend using plastic-backed, tab-style briefs all the way, especially for individuals with heavy bowel leakage. The exterior of tab-style briefs helps in more than one way. Tab-style briefs with a plastic exterior are best for odor containment and also for their resistance to sagging when full. Briefs also help with leakage around the legs better than pull up underwear. Tab-style diapers provide a tighter, secure fit around the leg area that can be adjusted with tabs. Tab-style briefs like the NorthShore™ Supreme Lite™ Briefs and BetterDry Briefs are two brief options that are known for containing the heaviest bowel leaks.
Liners for Moderate Bowel Leakage
If you're experiencing moderate bowel leakage then you may only need large liners to use during the day or night. Our most popular liner for bowel leakage is the NorthShore™ DynaDry™ Supreme. This is the only liner on the site that is designed for both bowel and urinary containment. The countoured liner is great for "catching" bowel movements in the back as well as urinary leaks in the front.
To view our other recommended products for bowel leakage be sure to read this blog. Using the right products is just the first step in managing bowel containment correctly. Preventing skin breakdown is also important, so you'll need the right skin care products on hand at all times.
Helpful Skin Care Products for Managing Bowel Incontinence
Whether you are caring for someone or managing your own leakage, skin health is a top priority when wearing any type of disposable product. It's essential to keep the skin clean at all times especially when fecal matter is involved. When cleaning the perineal area for both men and women, it's important to not overdry the skin. Special no-rinse lotions that contain emollients are made to cleanse, moisturize and deodorize without overdrying. NorthShore™ carries Tena Cleansing Cream which is a trusted no-rinse lotion used by many.
Moisture barrier ointments are also essential for maintaining healthy skin. Soothe and Cool is the brand of ointment NorthShore proudly offers and should be used daily alongside the preferred disposable product. Like most barriers, this ointment reduces infection, pulls away moisture from the skin and prevents diaper rash.
Adult wipes are helpful during changes and when accidents happen. Use heavy-duty adult wipes with a quilted finish to pick up more during each wipe. The quilted texture not only helps with cleaning up more, but it also soothes the skin. When diarrhea or regular bowel movements occur the anus can become irritated. The NorthShore Supreme Quilted Wipes are 9 X 13 and are larger than store brand wipes that offer more coverage the body.
Odor Control Products to Help with Bowel Leaks
Anyone who manages leakage of any type knows that being out in public can be one of the most stressful activities. We recommend keeping not only an extra change of clothes and diapers with you in case an accident happens but also these two products to help with odors.
Odor Eliminator Spray- This small, handy spray can be used just about anywhere. Spray around any area that needs a zap of freshness.
Heaven Scent Disposal Bags - Use these bags for your soiled products on-the-go or at home. These bags are designed for adult-sized absorbent products and offer a fresh powder scent that mask unpleasant odors.
Absorbent products and skin care products essential during the day or night but professional treatments may also be needed. Talk to your doctor to learn about the supplemental treatments that are available for your situation.
Treatment Options to Discuss with Your Doctor
The following are some of the common treatments which are also listed on U.S. National Library of Medicine and the Simon Foundation's Bowel Incontinence Fact Sheet. NorthShore is not a replacement for medical advice. It is important to discuss your health with your doctor the best option for your condition.
Bowel Training- Scheduling bowel movements to increase control when needed.
Bowel Retraining- Planning bowel movements a certain time a day, after meals help get the body on a regular schedule.
Pelvic Floor training - Kegel exercises strengthen the pelvic floor, rectum, and anus. The constant tightening and relaxing will help those muscles become stronger.
Biofeedback- A device that helps one become more aware of their sensations and helps strengthen the sphincter muscle.
Sacral Nerve Stimulator- Occurs when a small electrode is implanted on the sacral nerves (located near the tailbone) that send signals to stop contractions to the sphincter muscles.
With the stress associated with bowel incontinence, it's important to take advantage of support groups that are available. There are many engaging online support groups that are available to those who are looking for a new outlet.
Mental Health & Managing Bowel Leakage
The support groups vary by organization, but some may be primarily online and some also offer in-person support. You can submit questions on online forums and get tips and educational materials on how to manage your symptoms or other questions you may have.
Remember, there are bowel incontinence products, treatments and support groups available to you. Talk to your doctor regarding what's best for your situation. NorthShore is here to help you with selecting the right products for your needs. To request samples of any of our adult diapers or pads mentioned above please request samples on our online request form or call us at (800) 563-0161.
We're always happy to help!