An ileostomy is created out of the ileum (small intestine)1 and requires some particular but simple attention to keep you comfortable and healthy.
- Because the ileum contains digestive enzymes and acids that may cause skin irritation, extra care is needed [link to Skin Care products] with an ileostomy to keep waste materials from coming into contact with the skin on your abdomen.2
- Drink plenty of water and fluids—at least six to eight cups (1.4 - 1.9 litres) per day. Having an ileostomy may make you more prone to dehydration, which could lead to the loss of important minerals your body needs.3
- What is an ostomy? page. United Ostomy Associations of America Web site. http://www.uoaa.org. Accessed December 10, 2015.
- McGarity WC. Gastrointestinal surgical procedures. In: Hampton BG, Bryant RA, eds. Ostomies and Continent Diversions: Nursing Management. St Louis, MO: Mosby-Year Book; 1992:349-371.
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease Group Foods page. Mount Sinai Hospital Web site. http://www.mountsinai.on.ca. Accessed November 15, 2007.