Ileostomy: Dietary guidelines to help with stool consistency

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If your child has an ileostomy, learn what they should eat and drink to produce the proper texture of stool.

Key points

  • A diet rich in soluble fibre and low in sugar can help make your child’s stool a paste-like texture. This texture helps the stool pass through your child’s ileostomy with less risk of soiling as the consistency is thicker.
  • Have your child drink plenty of water and eat regularly to help them digest their food and replace any fluids lost through watery stool.
  • Always talk to your child’s health-care team before starting your child on any special diet and seek their advice about any sodium supplements.
  • Keep a record of your child’s symptoms as you try different foods so you can learn what works best.
Last updated: December 29th 2023