Tips for A Baby’s Ostomy Care

If a child has undergone ostomy surgery, changing the way their bowels empty, a parent and/or caregiver will need to understand the processes and proper care it involves. At Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters, caregivers will find a list of suggestions, as well as tips and tricks, for selecting ostomy products, preparing for pouch changes, getting connected with a local nurse and more. Additionally, Hand To Hold provides tips from NICU nurses who have experience in taking care of babies with ostomies. Some of these resources include steps to most efficiently manage ostomy changes and find the best routine for bag changes.

Another potentially invaluable step would be to begin checking manufacturer resources like those on the Hollister and Convatec websites. There, caregivers can find information, instructional videos, printable pamphlets, FAQs, resources, supply catalog and maybe even free samples.

Although these resources may be tremendously helpful, always discuss any change to a recommended or prescribed treatment with healthcare providers.

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