Can I bathe with a stoma?

Yes, you can bathe with a stoma, but you will need to take some precautions to avoid getting the stoma and the area around it wet.

Here are some tips for bathing with a stoma:

  1. Remove your ostomy pouch: Before getting into the bath or shower, you will need to remove your ostomy pouch. If you have a colostomy or ileostomy, you may want to empty the contents of the pouch before removing it.
  2. Cover your stoma: Once your pouch is removed, you will need to cover your stoma with a waterproof cover or dressing. This will help prevent water from getting into the stoma, which can cause irritation or infection.
  3. Avoid getting the stoma wet: When bathing, try to avoid getting the stoma wet. You can do this by placing a towel over your stoma while washing the rest of your body. You can also use a handheld showerhead to direct the water away from your stoma.
  4. Pat dry: After bathing, make sure to pat the area around your stoma dry with a clean towel. Avoid rubbing the area, as this can cause irritation.
  5. Apply a new ostomy pouch: Once your skin is dry, you can apply a new ostomy pouch. Make sure the skin around your stoma is clean and dry before applying the pouch.

It is important to note that everyone’s stoma care needs are different, so it is important to consult with your healthcare team for specific advice on bathing with a stoma. They can provide you with personalised guidance based on your specific situation.

In addition, if you have a wound or incision near your stoma, your healthcare team may advise you to avoid bathing until the area has healed. In this case, they may recommend other hygiene options, such as sponge baths or bed baths, until the area has healed sufficiently for you to bathe. Learn more about how our experienced Care Professionals can provide stoma care at home today.