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What do I need to know about caring for someone with fecal incontinence?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

If you are caring for someone with fecal incontinence, encourage that person to seek treatment from a doctor. Treatment can help the person manage, reduce, and even relieve fecal incontinence symptoms. If the person continues to experience fecal incontinence symptoms after undergoing treatment, make sure they get frequent, regular opportunities to use the toilet. Using the toilet often may help to prevent accidents. The person should wear clothes that are easy to take down and remove, and you may want to put washable, waterproof slipcovers on furniture and mattresses. The person should wear absorbent undergarments at night in case an episode of incontinence happens while they   are asleep. Make sure the person has a commode in their bedroom, and that it is easy to reach from the bed.

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