It is common for many people to be reluctant to discuss their experiences with fecal incontinence. They often feel frustrated and embarrassed about their condition. If your loved one is experiencing fecal incontinence, you may feel torn on how to help them in their situation. While it may be a hard topic of conversation, addressing it can provide them the support and information needed for a happier, healthier life.
Fecal incontinence is the inability to control bowel movement, which can cause stool (feces) leakage. Someone experiencing fecal incontinence may pass stool when attempting to pass gas or lose complete control.
A primary care physician will diagnose fecal incontinence based on questions regarding their symptoms, so your loved one must understand their recurring accidents as much as possible. They will ask the details of how long they have been occurring and what type of events trigger them because the condition can vary based on the scenario. Urge incontinence occurs when older individuals can’t make it to the bathroom on time. Passive incontinence occurs when they experience no sensation before passing stool. It may seem embarrassing but discussing in detail their condition can help their physician understand it fully for diagnosis and treatment.
Treatment for bowel control issues depends mostly on the cause. For instance, if diarrhea is the reason, their doctor may prescribe them bulk laxatives to form solid stools that are easier to control. Here are some other treatment options for fecal incontinence:
You can breathe a sigh of relief now that you have a better understanding of their condition and possible treatment. Addressing fecal incontinence together can help them move forward in the process of getting better.
1+1 Cares is a referral agency that works for clients and caregivers. We match caregivers with clients and inform them of your requirements. We work for you so you and your loved one can have a safe, enjoyable caregiving experience.