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Ostomy Tips

Ostomy fruits

Fresh Fruits

Ostomy patients should not shy away from Fresh Fruits. Rather, we should include them in our diet.  In doing so, it is advisable that you peel all fruits to avoid problems as the skin may cause digestive issues. If you feel you do not want any of the fiber, you may go a step further and use a juice processor.

Although you should try to drink as is, you may sweeten it with some turbinado sugar, honey, or splenda. By doing any of the above, you will get good dosages of vitamins much needed for a healthy metabolism and optimal cell functioning.

Note: Please see how you react to different fruits. Beware that they tend to increase intestinal activity.

Baby oil and ostomy

Baby oil is not just for babies

Here is something when using a drainable ostomy bag. Every time you change to a new bag or after draining a bag, put 5-10 drops of baby or cooking oil inside the bag. Then place one palm in front of the pouch and the other on back, rub softly so that it spreads thoroughly inside the ostomy bag. The oil will make emptying much easier.


An Ounce of Prevention is Worth A
Pound of Cure: Parastomal hernias.

Parastomal hernias are a common occurrence that could turn dangerous if not managed properly. There is consensus that preventing incarceration, obstruction, or strangulation usually does not require drastic measures. Most hernias can be managed without surgery. Ostomy Support Belts or Hernia Belts are the most successful aids. It’s a matter of getting used to wearing them daily...and ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

This tip is part of the Ostomates Family Section from

Ostomy and Serotonin

Serotonin is called the Happy Food because it improves one's mood.

The formula looks complicated but it is easy to get it naturally: For a quick serotonin boost reach for that sugary treat. For a longer lasting boost go for animal protein foods.

Tips for Successful Ostomy Bag Change

Tips for Successful Ostomy Bag Change

• Change bag (pouch) every three days, two times a week, or as directed by your Stoma Nurse or Ostomy Specialist.

• Always change a pouch that is leaking or has separated from the skin. Do not try to reinforce with tape.

• Consult a stoma nurse, ostomy specialist or physician if:

  • The pouch is leaking frequently or an effective seal cannot be maintained for at least 24 hours.
  • Peristomal skin erythema (redness) irritation or ulceration is noted.

• Consult a stoma nurse, ostomy nurse specialist for questions regarding pouching, skin integrity, odour control, clothing or psychological adaptation.

• Prior to changing the pouch, assemble all the necessary supplies on a clean work surface that is convenient.

• Clean peristomal skin using a soft cloth and plain water, or a pH balanced cleanser. Gentle friction or an adhesive remover may be used to remove adhesive residue. Please note:

  • If an adhesive remover is used, rinse thoroughly and pat dry.
  • If additional peristomal skin protection is desired, apply a protective skin barrier ointment to the skin around the stoma and allow to dry prior to placing the pouch.

• After the pouch is placed around the stoma, gently press the pouch into place or hold a hand over the pouch for three to five minutes.

• For additional security of the pouch, tape may be used to “picture-frame” the edges of the pouch or reinforce the existing tape collar.

• The pouch does not need to be covered during a bath or shower. The tape collar may be dried using a hand-held dryer set on cool.

Ostomy and Natural Ingredients is part of the Ostomy Tips section located at the

Ostomy and Natural Ingredients

As ostomates, knowing nutritional values is important. The word “natural” is one of the most overused and misleading words used by food manufacturers. A pound of pure fat is 100% natural. It’s also fattening and unhealthy. Likewise, sugar, food colorings, and many additives are natural, but have 0 nutritional value. So beware of “natural” being prominently displayed in any packaging. You must look at the ingredients to really determine if you want those “natural” ingredients in your system.

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Odor Tips. Check if you can adopt one of these simple and cheap odor fighting tips. Try putting any one of these alternatives inside your ostomy bag before each use:

• One teaspoon of baking soda.
• One mouthwash dosage.
• Two tic-tacs or other mint candy.
• Ten drops of peppermint oil.
• Five drops of Eucalyptus oil.
• Twenty drops 3% hydrogen peroxide solution.
• Chlorophyll tablets.


Resecting part of the large or small intestine limits one’s ability to absorb all nutrients, so it is a good idea to help your body get to peak level by taking vitamin and mineral supplements. Regular pills or liquid dosages will do. Stay away from time release options since they do not work well with ostomates.


Did you know that buttermilk helps relieve upset, irritated intestines? Also, were you aware that adding a glass of buttermilk to irrigation water helps contain odor?


Laughter decreases stress; it releases endorphins, the feel good chemicals your body produces, and it is good for blood flow circulation. Laughter is good...get plenty of it in this new life you found.


No. The stoma is part of the intestine, and stool will not affect it. The stoma can naturally deal with all your intestinal bacteria. If you maintain clean the area surrounding the stoma, there is nothing to worry about.


As ostomates, we need to be very attentive because of quick liquid discharge, specially on ileostomates. Dehydration leads to constipation and in turn to distention and accumulation of toxins. It also affects metabolism and energy breakdown making you lethargic. If you wait to be thirsty before drinking water, you are late. Your body needs constant intakes throughout the day (8 cups a day, but not before meals so as not to dilute your stomach’s fluids). Hydration during summer is even more critical, so drink up but stay away from sugary, alcoholic, and caffeinated drinks. Water works wonders.


Odor is an alarming issue for ostomates. To avoid unpleasant moments, be sure to use adequate pouching systems. See whether a filter and/or deodorizer work for you. Also, if you know that you will be in an enclosed area for long, you might want to stay away from gas producing foods 6-8 hrs. prior to the encounter. Lastly, make sure that your pouch is properly sealed.


Ostomies should have no bearing on your ability to work and practice sports. In fact, excluding heavy lifting and rough bending or twisting around your waist, you should be able to do resume most of the activities you performed prior to surgery. Your social and intimate life should remain unaffected, and if you were thinking on having children there is no reason to change your plans...enjoy your life.

Ostomy Tips to help manage ostomy supplies and other ostomy related matters. 0
2016-02-03 19:23:20
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2 Reviews
10 May 2017
Very informative
I had my ileostomy surgery 8 months ago and been having some issues with irritation since . And had questions about some different home remedies to lubricate the bag . This article was very helpful . And answered some questions for me .
26 February 2017
Learned something new everyday
Thank you for this info. I am always looking to learn more and this gave me numerous tips no one has never told me before. Helpful foods, odor control ideas, and baby oil lubrication for my pouch was new for me. Keep updating this site as I will be back for new tips. Keep smiling.