Enema For Constipation Treatment
Enemas have been used since ancient times to cleanse the colon. Anyone who has ever suffered from severe constipation knows how critical it is to obtain the quickest relief possible. An enema is used because it can work very quickly to cure constipation. It is usually considered when dietary changes and oral laxatives have already been tried. Enemas, such as the well-known Fleet enema, treat constipation by introducing fluid into the intestines through the rectum. The liquid softens impacted stool, while the enema nozzle loosens the rectum. That combination will stimulate a large bowel movement.
There are several types of enemas:
• Fleet's Phosphosoda Enema. This brand-name enema uses a salt called sodium phosphate to keep water in the intestines. The Fleet enema for constipation is considered the most powerful, and must be given in the precise dosage to prevent side effects. It also comes in its own disposable squeeze bag and nozzle, making it very convenient because no other equipment is required.
• Mineral oil enema. These types of enemas work like lubricants, making it easier for patients to pass impacted stools.
• Saline solution enema. These homemade enemas require the purchase of some equipment, including an enema bag, enema tube, and distilled water. The most common solution involves two teaspoons of table salt to a quart of lukewarm distilled water.
• Milk and molasses. Another homemade enema can be created by combining equal parts whole milk and molasses. The sugars in the milk and the molasses remain in the intestines and soften impacted stool.
How to Give an Enema
Generally, instructions written on the product or given by the doctor should be followed carefully, the proper position should be adopted and the enema should be inserted until contractions begin. At that point, the enema should be removed. After moving quickly to a toilet, the stool should be easily eliminated soon after that.
Specifically, the following steps should be followed. First, read through the entire procedure so that you can gather whatever materials you will need. Choose a place close enough to the toilet to prevent any accidents from happening. Avoid carpeted areas, just in case. Then, if you are using a packaged enema, follow the instructions to prepare the enema. Make sure to warm the solution, if necessary.
Next, get into position to administer the enema. The two most common positions are the left-side position and the knee-chest position. The left-side position simply involves lying on your left side with your knees drawn up. The knee-chest position is more effective, especially if you have severe constipation, as it allows the solution to flow deep into the rectum and the colon. It involves your lying on your hands and knees on the floor, with your butt up in the air, your chest down and your face resting on the floor.
Next, remove the shield from the tip of the enema. Apply lubricant to the tip of the enema. Insert the tip into the anus, without forcing it. Squeeze the enema bottle until the liquid has entered the colon. If you can manage, massage your abdomen from left to right. Remove the tip of the enema from the anus. Stay in position and hold the enema as long as possible or for about 10-15 minutes, until cramping begins. When you cannot hold it anymore, rush to the toilet and expel the enema solution as well as large volumes of the constipated stool.
Most people find that their symptoms disappear after the constipation has been relieved. They can then seriously consider taking preventative steps to avoid future bouts of constipation.
Some common steps in administering an enema include:
• Drink one or two glasses of water prior to the enema, as it can cause you to become dehydrated.
• Lie on your stomach with your knees pulled under you.
• Lubricate the enema tube and gently insert it into your rectum.
• If you're using a disposable enema, gently squeeze the contents into your rectum. If you're using an enema bag with a homemade solution, hold the bag up and allow gravity to deliver the contents.
• Once the bag is empty, remove the tube from your rectum.
• Wait in that position until you feel the need to move your bowels. You should feel a powerful urge within 2 to 10 minutes. Try to hold the enema in for at least 5 minutes to achieve maximum benefit
TIPS FOR MAXIMIZING RESULTS
• Use a sufficient volume of solution
• Retain the solution for 5 to 15 minutes.
• Retaining the enema for a while before expelling it can significantly contribute to good results.
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