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Unable to Move Bowels Enemas
- 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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PubMed Unable to Move Bowels References
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