To use the enema, lie down on your left side with your knees bent.
Remove the cap from the applicator tip and gently insert the tip into your rectum.
Slowly squeeze the bottle to empty the contents into the rectum.
For best results, stay lying down and hold in the enema until you feel the urge to have a bowel movement.
How long does it take for a fleet enema to work?
The first time you use a Fleet enema I would recommend giving yourself a longer period from start to finish. General guides say that it will start to work between 5 and 10 minutes and bowel evacuation will last between 30 and 60 minutes.
How does Fleet enema work?
Fleet Enema is a saline laxative enema. It contains sodium phosphates and works by pulling water from the body into the bowel, which helps to soften the stool and cause a bowel movement.
When should I use an enema?
An enema administration is most commonly used to clean the lower bowel. However, this is normally the last resort for constipation treatment. If diet and exercise are not enough to keep you regular, your doctor might recommend a laxative before trying an enema.
What to do after taking an enema?
Since your bowel movements can be very large/watery, drink plenty of clear liquids so that you do not lose too much body water (become dehydrated). Wash your hands before and after using this product. Remove the protective shield from the enema. Lie on your left side with knee bent.
How long are you on the toilet after an enema?
Use it at least one hour before leaving home for your test. It will work after a few minutes but stay near a toilet for the next hour because you may need to open your bowels more than once. The effects of the enema will wear off after one hour at most.
Why do you lay on left side for enema?
Position the patient on left side, lying with the knees drawn to the abdomen (Fig 2). This eases the passage and flow of fluid into the rectum. Gravity and the anatomical structure of the sigmoid colon also suggest that this will aid enema distribution and retention.
What happens if you don’t poop after an enema?
If there is no bowel movement after 5 minutes of using, try to empty bowel. Call a doctor promptly after using a saline enema and no liquid comes out of the rectum after 30 minutes, because dehydration could occur.
How long should you hold an enema?
In general, the Fleet enema should be held in for at least two minutes. If two minutes have not passed you will want to resist the urge to go until it has because this will give the medicine time to work and will make the bowel evacuation work more effectively.
How do you know if an enema has worked?
You may also experience mild muscle contractions or spasms. This is a sign the enema is working. It’s telling the muscles of your GI tract to push what was impacted stool out of your body.