Wednesday , 21 August 2019
How Often to Change Stoma Pad?

How Often to Change Stoma Pad?

So how often do you, as a BCIR patient, change your stoma pad/ bandage/ dressing?  Personally, I will change mine every time I use the restroom.  Whether it’s a No.1 or a No.2, I just change it out as there is almost always at least a small amount of moisture on the pad.  If the pad is even slightly wet, it can cause irritation around the stoma, for me anyway.  In my case, the pad is a quadrupled folded over strip of toilet paper held in place over the stoma by my boxers.

If one is using the more legit stoma bandages, changing the pad out often may get expensive, in which case changing the stoma pad out less frequently is probably fine assuming you’re not seeing any irritation around the stoma.

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So how often do you, as a BCIR patient, change your stoma pad/ bandage/ dressing?  Personally, I will change mine every time I use the restroom.  Whether it's a No.1 or a No.2, I just change it out as there is almost always at least a small amount of moisture on the pad.  If the pad is even slightly wet, it can cause irritation around the stoma, for me anyway.  In my case, the pad is a quadrupled folded over strip of toilet paper held in place over the stoma by my boxers. If one is using the more legit…

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Jay is the author of the the BCIR Advocate blog and the book, "Colitis Be Gone." In 1998, I decided to have the BCIR (Barnett Continent Intestinal Reservoir) surgery due to severe colitis. My day job is working in media and marketing, so I felt I had the tools to bring some exposure to BCIR and how it might help others. I actually get many emails about the BCIR, so I felt the blog could work as a better message board. Please note, I am not a doctor and have no medical background. Anything you read on this blog is based on my own experiences living with the BCIR. I may give advice based on my own experiences, but please consult your doctor before acting on anything you read on this site.