Your pouch should be sealed well enough to prevent any odor from leaking out. You may notice more odor when you empty your pouch after you eat certain foods. Some of these foods are onions, garlic, broccoli, asparagus, cabbage, fish, some cheeses, eggs, baked beans, Brussels sprouts, and alcohol.
Doing these things will keep down the odor:
- Eating parsley, yogurt, and buttermilk
- Keeping your ostomy devices clean
- Using special deodorants or adding vanilla oil or peppermint extract to your pouch before closing it. Ask your doctor or nurse about this.
Control gas, if it is a problem:
- Eat on a regular schedule.
- Eat slowly.
- Try not to swallow any air with your food.
- Do not chew gum or drink through a straw. Both will make you swallow air.
- Do not eat cucumbers, radishes, sweets, or melons.
- Do not drink beer or soda, or other carbonated drinks.
Try eating 5 or 6 small meals a day.
- This will help keep you from getting too hungry.
- Eat some solid foods before you drink anything if your stomach is empty. This may help decrease gurgling sounds.
- Drink 6 to 8 cups of fluids every day.
- Chew your food well.
It is OK to try new foods, but try only 1 at a time. That way, if you have any trouble, you will know which food caused the problem.
Unless you are underweight because of your surgery or any other illness, try not to gain weight. It is not healthy for you, and it may change how your ostomy works or fits.
When you feel sick to your stomach:
- Take small sips of water or tea.
- Eat a soda cracker or a saltine.
Some red foods may make you think you are bleeding.
- Tomato juice, cherry-flavored drinks, and cherry gelatin may make your stool reddish.
- Red peppers, pimientos, and beets may show up as small red pieces in your stool.
- If you have eaten these, you are most likely OK. But, call your doctor or nurse if the redness does not go away.