Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Infrequent Bowel Movements Enemas

Enemas should not be used in those with abdominal pain, vomiting, or recent abdominal surgery.

Steps for giving an enema include:

  • Assume a comfortable position, either on the left side with the knees bent, or leaning on a firm surface such as a bathroom counter top.
  • Remove the protective shield from the enema tip.
  • Gently insert the enema tip into the anus. K-Y jelly may be used for lubrication. Slight bearing down as if having a bowel movement may help. Do not force the enema tip as this may cause injury.
  • Gently squeeze the bottle until the liquid has entered the rectum.
  • Remove the enema tip.
  • Retain the enema as instructed or for 10-15 minutes if possible.
  • Drink extra fluids to avoid dehydration.

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Last Updated: Apr 10, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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