Daily management tips for ostomy care
Your day-to-day stoma care will become more manageable as you get into a regular routine. These tips may help.
- Empty your pouch when it is 1/3 full – the weight from pouches that are more than half full can make pouches leak.
- When emptying a drainable pouch into the toilet, lay a sheet of toilet paper on top of the water to reduce splashing.
- Change the pouch and skin barrier at the first sign of leakage.
- Pastes, rings and strips are used to protect peristomal skin and fill in uneven areas, creating a flat surface for attaching the pouching system and helping protect from leakage.
- Do not store your supplies in a place that may get too hot or cold, such as a car glove box or your bathroom (the moisture from bathing and showering can interfere with the effectiveness of the product).
- Make sure your skin is clean and dry before applying a new pouching system.
- Change your pouching system first thing in the morning, before eating or drinking, when the stoma is least active.
- You can shower with your pouching system on or off – however you are most comfortable (stoma caps are also available for this purpose).
- Empty your pouch before going to bed.
- You can use several products to help control odor and leakage, protect your skin and lubricate your appliance. Talk to your WOC (Wound, Ostomy and Continence) nurse about which products might work best for you