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  Bowels - What to Avoid

Regular Use of Stimulant Laxatives: These include bisacodyl (Dulcolax) tablets, phenolphthalein (Ex-Lax), cascara, senna and magnesium citrate. Laxative use on a regular basis will cause your bowels to become dependent on them. When this happens the bowel will not work well without the laxative, and eventually the "lazy bowel" that results will require more and stronger laxatives to work at all. An occasional small dose of a mild laxative, such as Milk of Magnesia or an herbal laxative, can be used to treat constipation if other measures have not worked. It is best to consult your Doctor or health proessional before using any new mediation.

Enemas: Any full-size enema, soap suds or tap water is too irritating to the bowel to be used on a regular basis and will cause the same problem with dependence as a stimulant laxative. A "mini-enema", which has only a few drops of liquid stool softener, does not fall into this category and can be used regularly. Occasionally, your health care provider may prescribe a full-size enema as preparation for a medical procedure or for treatment of severe constipation.

Missing or Changing the time of your program: Your bowels will move more predictably if your bowel care program is carried out on a regular, predictable schedule. Skipping your program can also result in constipation or accidents.

Rushing: The more tense you are, the more difficult it will be for you to empty your bowels. A hurried program will increase the likelihood of an unplanned bowel movement later in the day.

More han four digital stimulations at a time: This can cause trauma to the rectum, resulting in haemorrhoids or fissures (cracks or breaks in the skin)

Long fingernails: They can damage the rectal tissue and cause bleeding, even through a glove

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