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Pancake Day – the meaning of pancaking for ostomates

It’s Pancake Tuesday and most of us are thinking about lovely things covered in maple syrup and nutella but there’s a type of pancake that ostomates don’t like…..

Pancaking - ostomates

What is pancaking?

Pancaking is caused when faeces stay on top of the stoma, and do not move down into the bottom of the pouch/bag. It dries out and sticks around the stoma, instead of falling to the bottom of the bag. It is a problem associated with colostomy patients and occurs when the filter on the stoma pouch/bag eliminates all air in the appliance, creating a vacuum. When the stoma starts to work again, the output leaks out under the skin protector and it lifts off the skin.

How to prevent pancaking

  •  Blowing air into the stoma bag before you put it on can help to stop a vacuum occurring.
  • Increase your fluid intake to help soften stools.
  • Try putting a small amount of baby oil onto the inside of the bag, where it touches the stoma.  This will help the output to slide to the bottom of the bag.  
  • If your bag has a filter, place the filter covers over the filter which will also keep air in your bag.
  •  Another idea is to put a few pieces of crumpled up toilet paper into your bag near the outside edges, this will stop the vacuum effect and keep air in your bag.
As it’s the most delicious day of the year! Take a look at some of these great pancake recipe ideas...

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