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Bathing and Showering

It is quite safe to get your wound wet after your operation (unless otherwise advised). Some people feel a little insecure getting in and out of the bath. A bath mat may be useful as it cuts down the risk of slipping. Many people feel more secure if there is someone in the house when the first bath is taken at home, even if the help is not needed.

When all the wounds have healed you may try showering or bathing without your stoma pouch on, this is quite acceptable and water will not go into your stoma.

Do not use bath oils in the bath. Avoid talcum powder and baby wipes as they may stop the pouch sticking or may irritate your skin. Remember to dry your body well after bathing. To allow the pouch to stick you may want to wait until the bathroom has cooled down.

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