Short Gut Syndrome Parents' Support Group
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Next Support Group Meeting

February 27, 2010
10:30 a.m.

Taylorsville Library
4870 S. 2700 W.
Salt Lake City, UT
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Tips & Tricks
Get that ostomy bag to stick!

Getting an ostomy bag to stick on an active child can be quite a trick!

Here are a few easy fixes that can help extend ostomy wear time:

1. Make sure you clean and dry the skin throroughly. Wafers donít stick to moisture

2. Go easy on the stoma paste It protects the skin, but wafers canít stick to it.

3. Preheat your wafer. A warm wafer molds more easily to your skin so warm it in your armpit while you work. Try hand warmers, heel warmers or hotpacks to finish the seal after applying.

4. Cut a hole that fits. Too big and stool can get under it. Too small and it might not sit flat. (Worse yet, it can cut off circulation).

5. Dress your child in onesies or overalls to keep the bag out of reach.

Fill scars with Eakin cohesive seals by Convatec. Roll a piece of the seal in your fingers to warm and shape. But donít mix with other powders or pastes or it wonít stick.

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