Health Tip: Caring for Your Bowels

By on March 25, 2010

An illness or injury can affect the nerves that help control your bowels, sometimes resulting in diarrhea, constipation or incontinence. Your doctor may recommend a daily bowel-care routine.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine offers these suggestions:

  • Schedule a time each day to try to have a bowel movement. Opportune times may include just after a meal, or after your morning shower.
  • Don’t rush the process. Relax and be patient, and make sure you wait up to 45 minutes, if necessary.
  • Gently rubbing your belly may help stools pass through the colon.
  • Always use the toilet as soon as you feel the need to move your bowels. Don’t wait.

Source: HealthDay

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