Reviewed by Christine Kijek, Registered Colorectal Nurse on, May 14, 2022
An enema is used for many reasons. Just as there are many reasons, there are different types of enemas, each of which contains different ingredients and works differently in the body. While some may choose an enema to soften stool or for routine colon cleansing, the reason for using an enema may have more of a medical necessity. Enemas have been used as part of alternative health therapy for some time, but no matter the reason they all have basically one thing in common: cleansing.
Enemas are not exactly a household word. While everyone may know generally what they are, there may be misunderstandings about their benefits and how they work. An enema is a fluid injected into the lower intestines and colon via the rectum. The most common use for an enema is to relieve constipation or impacted stool. Those with bowel dysfunction may use an enema to deal with fecal incontinence as well as constipation. While many people use oral laxatives or suppositories, sometimes the direct use of an enema can also help.
While the endgame (no pun intended) of all enema options is similar, the different types of enemas work differently within the body. There are some enemas that are designed for specific medical procedures (such as a barium enema) or more importantly, the relief from constipation or impacted stool.
Below is a chart from atitesting.com giving examples of fluid amounts:
|Fluid amounts for large volume enemas|
|Infant||50 to 150 ml|
|Toddler||250 to 350 ml|
|Child||300 to 500 ml|
|Adolescent||500 to 750 ml|
|Adult||750 to 1000 ml|
Many people have sought out enemas as an alternative therapy. The use of a colonic to cleanse the colon has become quite popular for the removal of feces and nonspecific toxins from the colon and intestinal tract according to enemabasics.com. These enemas can have side effects, such as bloating, gas, and diarrhea not to mention electrolyte imbalance, so make sure to discuss these with your doctor or nurse before deciding to buy enema.
To begin with, anybody can administer an enema for themselves. All you really need is the right information and a little concentration. To administer or use an enema on your own you need -
In the fight against constipation or colon irrigation, there are many enema options available.
The Fleet Saline Laxative Enema provides a soft stool mass and increased bowel action that leads to a bowel movement within 1-5 minutes. It is perfect for bowel cleansing before a rectal exam. Its disposable squeeze bottle is pre-lubricated and should not be refilled with any other liquid. This product is fairly easy to use and is completely latex-free. Its protective shield protects the enema from contamination. Also, the product has a flexible comfort tip that is pre-lubricated for easy and painless insertion. The one-way safety valve regulates the flow and helps in the avoidance of reflux. Other than this, this pediatric enema is suitable for kids aged 2-11 years. This is widely used as an instant relief remedy for occasional constipation.
The instructions for how to use an enema are mentioned above, however, there are certain precautions you must take while administering it yourself. Some things to keep in mind are -
|Fleet Saline Laxative Enema|
Another option for constipation treatment that utilizes mineral oil is the Fleet Mineral Oil Enema. It lubricates and coats the fecal contents to prevent water from being absorbed out of the stool. It generally produces a bowel movement within 15 minutes and is ideal for those who need to avoid straining after surgery or have given birth. It is a one-time-use disposable enema that delivers the liquid into the rectum. It is ideal for constipation relief as it is an effective laxative. One of the major reasons for people to choose mineral oil enema is that it helps in lubricating and softening the stool. Additionally, it is sodium-free which is an added benefit of using a mineral oil enema.
Things to keep in mind while using an enema -
|Fleet Mineral Oil Enema|
Another type of constipation remedy is bisacodyl enema. This kind of enema uses the laxative bisacodyl to stimulate bowel movements. According to drugs.com, this type of enema should not be used for more than one week unless otherwise directed by your healthcare provider. The Fleet Bisacodyl Enema directly stimulates the intestines to increase peristalsis, the rhythmic action that pushes stool through the colon and rectum, producing a bowel movement within 20 minutes typically. The fleet bisacodyl enema is -
After using fleet bisacodyl enema, you may experience mild cramps, faintness, rectal burning, and abdominal discomfort. In such a case consult your doctor and take necessary precautions.
|Fleet Bisacodyl Enema|
For patients who experience autonomic dysreflexia or pain from hemorrhoids, Enemeez Plus Mini Enema includes benzocaine to create a numbing sensation, eliminate pain and irritation, and offset the symptoms experienced with autonomic dysreflexia. This is ideal for patients with spinal cord injuries or those suffering from cerebral vascular injuries. It has several features such as:
The Enemeez Plus Mini Enema can assist in the improvement of patient care and FIM scores associated with bowel care. It can help in reducing time spent with the patient for dressing/redressing due to episodes of incontinence or fecal discharge. The product virtually eliminates episodes of incontinence. Additionally, it also aids in reducing complications of wound contamination associated with perianal pressure ulcers. This enema helps maintain healthy skin integrity. The Benzocaine present in it assists in the anesthetization of the rectum and lower bowel. It's easy rectal usage for patients with reflex issues or nausea can assist in reducing time missed in therapy/rehabilitation due to episodes of incontinence, prolonged bowel care, or fatigue. Subsequently, it can be cost efficient in a facility by providing savings on pads, laundry, gowns, sheets, etc. due to incontinence or fecal discharge
|Enemeez Plus Mini Enema|
For those who do not require benzocaine, Enemeez Mini Enema comes in a single-use tube that contains docusate sodium and a medicinal soft soap base of polyethylene glycol and glycerin. It helps establish a more predictable bowel routine. It results in less nursing interventions for in-patient bowel care while providing the patient a sense of freedom. It also saves time and energy. Moreover, it also leads to savings on labor costs in facilities.
In case you miss a dose, please take it as soon as you remember. If the timings of the missed dosage and the next one clash, do not take it twice. Skip the earlier dosage and go for the next one. Only use the Enemeez Mini Enema in the manner prescribed by your doctor.
|Enemeez Mini Enema|
Not all enemas need to be in a prefilled, ready-to-use bottle. Some are customizable according to user preferences. The set allows users to use any type of liquid they want to use.
Whether you choose to use any enema kits for relieving constipation or as alternative medicine, there are plenty of options for just about everyone.
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