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Health Tip: Caring for Your Bowels

-- An illness or injury can affect the nerves that help control your bowels, sometimes resulting in diarrhea, constipation or incontinence. Your doctor may recommend a daily bowel-care routine.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine offers these suggestions:

  • Schedule a time each day to try to have a bowel movement. Opportune times may include just after a meal, or after your morning shower.
  • Don't rush the process. Relax and be patient, and make sure you wait up to 45 minutes, if necessary.
  • Gently rubbing your belly may help stools pass through the colon.
  • Always use the toilet as soon as you feel the need to move your bowels. Don't wait.
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Posted: March 2010