Sodium phosphates belong to a class of medications called laxatives. They work by drawing and retaining water into the colon to rapidly produce a bowel movement. This medication is used as a laxative to provide relief for occasional constipation , or to cleanse the bowels in preparation for a number of procedures , such as a colonoscopy. You should experience a bowel movement within 2 to 5 minutes after administering the enema rectally. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here.
Steps for Administering the Enema
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An overview on the precautions on giving enemas to your child at home in order to relieve constipation. If your child has severe constipation , your child's doctor may prescribe an enema to be given at home. An enema is a liquid that is placed into the rectum. It flushes out stool feces that has built up impacted in the bowel. This process is called disimpaction. Disimpaction helps restore the rectum's normal muscle tone. It can also help your child regain the natural urge to defecate.
How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
There are many reasons why we may opt to use an enema. While some may choose an enema to soften stool or for routine colon cleansing, the reason for using an enema may have more of a medical necessity. Enemas have been used as part of an alternative health therapy for some time, but no matter the reason they all have basically one thing in common: cleansing. Enemas are not exactly a household word. While everyone may know generally what they are, there may be misunderstandings about their benefits and how they work. An enema is a fluid injected into the lower intestines and colon via the rectum. The most common use for an enema is probably to relieve constipation or impacted stool. Those with bowel dysfunction may use an enema to deal with fecal incontinence as well as constipation. While many people use oral laxatives or suppositories, sometimes the direct use of an enema can also help.
Enemas are used to help clean the colon. The enema allows a solution to enter the colon via the rectum to assist in cleaning stool out of the colon and keeping the child free of accidents for 24 hours. Before administering the enema, instruction will be provided by the Colorectal Center team. The team will also provide you with the ingredients that are to be used in the enema solution. Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:. Pittsburgh, PA In addition to the main hospital, Children's has many convenient locations in other neighborhoods throughout the greater Pittsburgh region. For general information and inquiries , please call