Ostomy

The more that’s known before and after ostomy surgery, the smoother the transition may be for the patient – get educated today about living with an ostomy.

May 15, 2020 | Ostomy

How to Prevent Colostomy Gas or The Stoma Making Noise

Gas from a colostomy is different from regular flatulence – in part because a person cannot control when it is released. There are ways, however, to improve the odor and lessen the noise of colostomy gas. Here are some tips from the website Very Well Health.

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May 15, 2020 | Ostomy

Swimming With An Ostomy

During the warmer months of the year, children like to cool off and get valuable exercise by swimming. Kids with ostomies are no different.

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April 6, 2020 | Ostomy

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.

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April 2, 2020 | Ostomy

Understanding an Ostomy Pouching System and Wear Time

After a person has an ostomy surgery, they’re introduced to a life with a pouch – and the patient or their caregiver may have questions. They may want to know how frequently pouches should be changed and the area around the stoma should be cleaned.

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March 2, 2020 | Ostomy

Reversing An Ileostomy

An ileostomy is the opening in an ostomate’s abdomen where surgeons removed a part of the colon or rectum. The name comes from the part of the small intestine called the ileum.

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February 25, 2020 | Ostomy

Going to Disney World With An Ostomy

Disney World’s approach to serving guests with disabilities – including those with ostomies – is designed to ensure every guest can enjoy rides and attractions in the theme parks and resorts. The park system’s Disability Access Service (or DAS card) is about more than getting ahead in line; it is designed to ensure that every guest has an amazing Disney experience.

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February 21, 2020 | Ostomy

Guide to Gutsy Living

The parent advisory council of ostomy advocacy group ImproveCareNow has released an online “toolkit” for pediatric and young-adult ostomates, named “A Guide to Gutsy Living.” It is available by clicking HERE.

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February 18, 2020 | Ostomy

How To Change an Ostomy Pouch In A Public Bathroom

An ostomy doesn’t go away when someone is shopping, working, or running. Accordingly, ostomates need to be able to change their bags and utilize different supplies – not always in the comfort of their own home. In order to change an ostomy pouch in a public restroom, plan ahead.

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December 12, 2019 | Ostomy

Tips for Traveling With An Ostomy

Travel locally or nationally with an ostomy doesn’t have to be difficult. With a little pre-planning and understanding of airport/train station security rules and an individual’s right to privacy, most people can avoid problems and enjoy their travels.

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September 25, 2019 | Ostomy

How To Avoid Ostomy Pancaking

Pancaking is when a vacuum occurs in the stoma bag and the bag sticks together, preventing the contents from dropping to the bottom. This happens most frequently with ileostomies and colostomies. When it does occur, waste remains as a pancake-like mass at the top of the bag, which can potentially block the filter, and the bag also can be forced off the body.

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September 25, 2019 | Ostomy

Back To School With An Ostomy

When a child starts going to school with an ostomy, it’s best to be prepared.

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