Coping with Fecal Incontinence

Dianna Malkowski
Physician Asst & Nutritionist
For individuals that are suffering with fecal incontinence there can be many different challenges. They may feel isolated , alone and wonder how they can ever cope with this problem. However, no matter how daunting this problem is, there are steps to take that will help you effectively manage and cope with fecal incontinence. Here are those steps-

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  • Have the right incontinence product-Today, more then ever before there has never been such a wide variety of adult incontinence products. Best of all, these incontinence products can help anyone who is trying to cope with fecal incontinence deal with this problem with discretion and comfort. From using adult diapers that fit under normal clothes, to using incontinence underwear that can be worn with or without incontinence pads. One of the best incontinence pads that is available is part of the Abena adult diaper line. You can view this product at / The bottom line is that there is a solution that is right for everyone. To see the variety of incontinence products that are available please click on
  • Learn to change discreetly-One of the issues that keeps many people from venturing far from home is the need to change their incontinence product. This can be a daunting task until you learn how you can do this with discretion. Being prepared is  part of learning to change discreetly. Having an emergency kit that fits into a small bag can be an easy way to be prepared. Your emergency kit should include: wipes and other products that can be used for cleaning(these can be purchased from sites that sell adult incontinence products), extra change of clothes if needed, brown paper bags, and the incontinence product that you use. For help and guidance in selecting incontinence products please click on After changing your adult diaper simply wrap it tightly in the brown paper bag and dispose of it. If you are worried about a lingering smell (for example-if you are at someone’s home),  you can put it back into your bag and dispose of it later.
  • Reducing odor-Another difficult issue that can keep many people with fecal incontinence isolated is the resulting odor from having an accident. However, there are steps that you can take that will reduce this problem. Many incontinence sufferers report that changes in their diet that include: eliminating caffeine, processed and fried foods,  and sugar is essential in reducing the amount of stool odor that is produced. In addition, keeping hydrated with water will also help with this problem. When you drink lots of water it dilutes the bowels which in turn can reduce the smell.. Finally, many incontinence suffers use activated charcoal. This can work very effectively in reducing the amount of odor in your stool should an accident occur. Check with your doctor about the recommended dosage.
  • Seek out support-Today, there are many different support groups that can provide both help and information about how to cope with fecal incontinence. These support groups are made up of people who are dealing with the same issue so they can lend both their understanding and their knowledge of hope to cope with this problem.
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Fecal incontinence can seem like an overwhelming problem. However, there are steps that can make dealing with it much better and ease the resulting stress. Being prepared, reducing the odor, and seeking out support can all help to make the difficulties that surround this issue much better. Finally, having the right incontinence product is crucial to making sure that you are effectively able to cope with fecal incontinence.  To find out more about all aspects of incontinence please visit
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