Nutritional Guidelines

Dietary Considerations considering the following situations:

Odor should not be a problem except when you change or empty your pouch. Your pouch should be odor proof while it is intact on your body. There are many products that cut down or control odor.

Foods that may cause stool odor:

  • Fish
  • Eggs
  • Asparagus
  • Onion
  • Some spices
  • Garlic
  • Cabbage
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Turnips
  • Some Vitamins
  • Certain medications

What to do:

  • Foods that help minimize odor include: yogurt, buttermilk, cranberry juice, applesauce, parsley and spearmint
  • Use commercial pouch deodorants (i.e., drops, gels, packets). There are different formulas. Trial several to find the one that works best for you.
  • Chlorophyll products can decrease or eliminate odor. Chlorophyll comes in drops or tablet for the pouch and there are tablets that can be taken by mouth. (If taking chlorophyll products by mouth, check with your doctor to be sure it does not interfere with other medications.) Chlorophyll will color stool green.
  • Check fit and type of pouch. If you experience odor other than when emptying, your pouch may need to be changed or refitted. If you use a two piece pouching system, check to see if the pouch portion is applied correctly and is sealed all the way around the flange.
  • Be sure to keep pouch the tail and closure area clean
  • Breath mints, such as Tic Tacs can help mask odor. 1-3 placed in the bottom of the pouch allows the mint to cover and decrease any smell.
  • Room sprays and air fresheners work best by spraying into the air before emptying the pouch. That allows the effect to take place more quickly.
  • Poo Pourri is a commercial product that is sprayed into the toilet before you empty the pouch. According to the company, an oily film forms on top of the water and traps odor causing particles under the water leaving the bathroom smelling clean. There are different fragrances.