Dealing with a blockage

Stoma Management

Clinical Advisor

From A Bigger Life

How to know if you have a blockage:

  • Your stoma will stop working or you will only produce very loose liquid output.
  • You might get cramps in your stomach or you may be sick.

What to do if you think you have a blockage:

  • Lie down, relax, stop eating but continue to drink.
  • If it is a food obstruction it could pass within a number of hours.
  • If after 8 – 12 hours you haven’t had any normal bowel motion and continuing to experience abdominal pain or sickness you should visit A&E.


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