Bowel management program for fecal incontinence

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Find out how a bowel management program can help keep your child clean if they have problems controlling their bowel movements.

Key points

  • A bowel management program uses an enema to help manage your child's bowel movements when a medical condition causes them to have poor bowel control.
  • The program is designed to keep the bowel clean for 24 to 48 hours so the child can stay "socially clean" and not soil their clothes between enemas.
  • There are two main types of enema: retrograde enema and antegrade continence enema.
  • You will have regular discussions with your child's surgeon about the bowel management option that is best for your child.
Last updated: September 19th 2014