Bedridden Care: Fecal Incontinence

Fecal incontinence is an inconvenience that can lead to embarrassing situations, as well as serious medical issues. This becomes compounded for those that are bedridden and may not be able to use the toilet. Besides the embarrassment, most people may not consider fecal incontinence to be a potentially dangerous situation (especially when diarrhea is involved) but let me assure you keeping the peroneal area free from the hazards of fecal matter is not just a matter of hygiene but safety.

Bedridden Care: Fecal Incontinence

What constitutes Fecal Incontinence?

As with urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence means the sufferer does not have the ability to control their bowels, which leads to the inability to voluntarily move their bowels on a regular basis. Compounding this problem can be the introduction of diarrhea. It is defined as the passing of three or more loose stools per day. Basically, it’s when a person needs to go to the bathroom more than normal and the stool is looser than normal Often this can last for 2-3 days without any special treatment, but it can last longer and may be a sign of something more serious. Symptoms of diarrhea that can lead to fecal incontinence include stomach pain, the urge to use the bathroom frequently, bloating, and a feeling of being sick. The most common danger associated with fecal incontinence and diarrhea is skin irritation and dehydration. It is this loss of fluid in the body that can interrupt our body’s ability to operate normally and skin irritation that can lead to infection. This can be especially dangerous for the elderly that are potentially bedridden.

Potential Causes of Diarrhea and Fecal Incontinence

We have all heard and probably joked about diarrhea and fecal incontinence, but do we actually understand what might cause these problems. Many times the cause of run of the mill diarrhea may never be found, but there are some common causes that can lead to fecal incontinence and www.healthimaging.org gives some examples and they include:

  • Bacterial or viral infections

  • Food issues

  • Medicine

  • Intestinal diseases

  • Bowel disorders

  • Travel associated diarrhea

Understanding the causes can help potentially avoid a case of diarrhea that can lead to bedridden folks suffering episodes of potential hazardous fecal incontinence.

Bed Care for Fecal Incontinence

While loose or frequent stools can bring about fecal incontinence, how is the best way to handle the problem to avoid medical issues down the road? Our skin is the largest organ of our bodies and it can also cause some of the biggest problems. Bed care or eldercare hygiene programs can be progressive and head off simple problems that can escalate into major ones and can include:

1. 3M Cavilon Three-in-One Incontinence Care Lotion:

 Cavilon 3-in-1 lotion is specifically designed to gently remove contaminants from the at-risk skin after bouts with incontinence. Since it offers a complete skin care system in one product, it is both cost-effective and time saving. It can clean, refresh, and shield skin from moisture and other irritants. Not only does it moisturize dry skin, but it also cleans with a pH balanced formula.

Bedridden Care: Fecal Incontinence

2. Hollister Restore Skin Cleanser:

Cleaning skin before any problems arise is what this cleaner is all about. Battle fecal incontinence with this foaming non-irritating cleanser that is ideal for the sensitive areas of peristomal and perineal skin. Simply applying to clean urinary and fecal discharge, then rinse away. Hollister Restore skin cleanser gives a great way to battle fecal incontinence in the elderly and avoid skin issues due to frequent and loose stools.ser:

Bedridden Care: Fecal Incontinence

3. Medline ReadyCleanse Perineal Care Cleansing Cloth:

Medline ReadyCleanse cleansing cloth helps battle skin breakdown for those suffering from fecal incontinence by keeping the perineal clean of any fecal discharge. Each cleansing cloth is soft and has a non-antiseptic formula to gently clean sensitive skin, while being alcohol free to avoid drying sensitive skin.

Bedridden Care: Fecal Incontinence

4. Attends Supersorb Breathables All-In-One Disposable Underpads: 

Removing any moisture from skin is a great tactic for combating fecal or urinary incontinence. Attends Supersorb disposable underpads use a superabsorbent polymer to channel and lock fluids away from sensitive perineal skin. It offers all-in-one protection for the bed and the patient to make this a great cost-effective method for combating fecal incontinence. Eldercare patients can use this underpad to reduce the risk of skin breakdown while bedridden. They can even reduce stage I & II pressure ulcers to help affected skin heal. These are three times stronger than standard underpads and can maintain a healthy environment while reducing odor.

Bedridden Care: Fecal Incontinence

5. Tena Disposable Underpads: 

Tena offers a full line of disposable underpads with varying absorbency rates. The use of Tena Disposable Underpads can minimize laundry and make replacement simple and easy. Ingrained with superabsorbent microbeads, these soft underpads offer superior security and dryness and a moisture lining that keeps fluids away from not only your skin but other objects. A quilted mat increases comfort and minimizes irritation from fecal incontinence on sensitive perineal skin.

Bedridden Care: Fecal Incontinence

6. Prevail Adult Washcloths - with Aloe, Chamomile, and Vitamin E: 

Many times washcloths that are used on the skin can actually dry out and irritate sensitive perineal skin. Prevail Adult Washcloths are permeated with vitamin E and aloe to reduce irritation while being strong enough to handle any tough fecal incontinence cleanup. The packaging is simple and offers a single hand dispensing method for convenience and each washcloth is made from latex free, triform fabric that is both strong and soft at the same time.

Bedridden Care: Fecal Incontinence

7. Tranquility Premium OverNight Disposable Absorbent Underwear: 

Fecal incontinence can also hinder a good night’s sleep and these provide excellent incontinence protection to help minimize any interruption of well-deserved sleep. Each full rise, pull on brief comes with Kufguards for leakage and bowel containment. These can be used as a nighttime undergarment or for long-term use during the day and are made from a soft premium fabric that is both breathable and silent. Tranquility Premium OverNight underwear is tested using the Capacity Under Pressure method and is extremely effective in controlling odor also.

Bedridden Care: Fecal Incontinence


Fecal incontinence can affect eldercare programs, especially for the bedridden. Perineal area care can decrease your risk of skin breakdown due to fecal incontinence and loose, frequent stools, especially in those that are bedridden. By maintaining sanitary conditions diligently, our epidermis can be spared from painful rashes or sores or even worse infection.

 

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