How to use Enema Kit
Anyone with sufficient flexibility in their arms and shoulders to reach behind them should be able to use an enema at home.
There are some risks when using an enema:
- Using too much liquid: In this case, the body may hold some liquid in and release it without warning.
- Stretching the bowel: This increases the chance of perforation, which is a risk when the lining of the colon is torn. It can cause the colon’s contents to leak into the body.
- Using liquid that is too hot or cold: This can cause discomfort or pain. The liquid in an enema should be at room temperature.
Use the recommended amount of room temperature liquid, and do not use an enema too frequently.
Things to remember
Each enema kit is slightly different and should come with clear instructions. Reading these instructions carefully can help make sure enema use is safe and effective.
Make sure to plan enough time for the enema to work and to take a rest afterward, if needed. Doctors generally recommend having access to a bathroom for 1 hour after using an enema.
An enema can be uncomfortable, but it should not be painful. If there is a pain, stop and seek medical advice. Using petroleum jelly can ease discomfort during insertion.
Instructions for every enema kit are different, but most follow these general steps:
- Choose a quiet place with space to lie down, ideally a bathroom, and have towels, a timer, and the enema kit ready.
- Remove all clothing from the lower half of the body.
- Wash the hands with soap and hot water and dry them thoroughly.
- Lay a towel on the floor and lie on the left side of the body if right-handed or on the right side of the body if left-handed.
- Bend the knee of the topmost leg, and place a rolled towel underneath the knee to support it.
- Remove the cap from the nozzle of the enema.
- Gently insert the tip of the nozzle into the anus, and continue inserting it 10 centimeters (3–4 inches) into the rectum.
- Slowly squeeze the liquid from the container until it is empty, then gently remove the nozzle from the rectum.
- Wait for the enema to take effect. This can take anywhere from 2 minutes to 1 hour, and the kit’s instructions should give a more specific estimate.
- Go to the toilet as usual to empty the bowels.
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