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Caring for your bowels

An illness or injury can affect the nerves that help control your bowels, sometimes resulting in diarrhoea, constipation.

Caring for your bowels

An illness or injury can affect the nerves that help control your bowels, sometimes resulting in diarrhoea, constipation or incontinence. The following daily bowel-care routine could help you:
  • 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.
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