Ulcerative Colitis (cont.)
Ulcerative Colitis Self-Care at Home
Mild diarrhea may be controlled with diet.
- Clear fluids for 24 hours allows the colon to rest and will usually resolve the loose bowel movements.
- Milk products and fatty, greasy foods should be avoided for a few days.
- Increase in fluid intake is encouraged to prevent dehydration. Urine output can be used as a gauge of hydration. If the urine is yellow and concentrated, more fluid may be required.
Proper nutrition is important for a person with ulcerative colitis.
- Although specific foods do not cause the disease, some types of food may trigger discomfort and diarrhea.
- Spicy or high-fiber foods may need to be eliminated especially when the diarrhea phase is active.
- Keep a food diary to help find foods that cause problems.
- A well-balanced diet is always a smart choice.
Counseling and education are important for both patient and family; a better understanding of how ulcerative colitis affects the body will allow the patient and physician to work together to control the symptoms.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/11/2014
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