via NV Town Karaya; and Green Bay (WI) News
What to do if your ostomy output becomes thin, watery, or greatly
increases in volume:
- Never limit your fluid intake in order to thicken
the drainage, since this can lead to dehydration.
- Avoid food which you know from experience makes
drainage too loose and too frequent.
- Begin a low-residue diet, avoiding especially green
beans, broccoli, spinach, highly spiced foods, raw fruits and beer.
- Add strained bananas, applesauce, boiled rice,
tapioca, boiled milk and peanut butter to your diet.
- Pretzels help in thickening and add bulk to the
drainage. The salt, also, helps to stimulate thirst.
- Many people lack an enzyme which is responsible for
the metabolism of milk sugar (lactose). This condition can cause diarrhea,
gas, bloating, nausea and cramping. The elimination of milk products may
cause a dramatic improvement in the symptoms.
What to do if your ostomy output becomes thick, or if you develop
- Increase your fluid consumption, especially fruit
- Increase the amount of cooked fruits and vegetables
you are consuming.
- Very few foods need to be omitted from your diet
because of fear of food blockage. Perhaps more important than the food in
avoiding blockages is chewing well. You can reduce your intake of foods
which are very high in fiber, and foods with seeds that are hard to digest
if they appear to be a problem. Examples are Chinese vegetables, raw
onions, nuts, pineapples, corn-on-the-cob, raw carrots, raisins, celery,
mushrooms, popcorn, coconut macaroons and coleslaw.