Christmas is fast approaching and with it comes lots of fun and laughter. However, for ostomates, it may also come with a unique challenge known as “ballooning.” This is where excess wind accumulates in the pouch, it can be a source of discomfort, but it easily managed.

Ballooning occurs when wind builds up in the pouch, causing it to inflate. This is a common issue for ostomates, and the indulgent foods that go hand-in-hand with the holiday season can also contribute to increased excess wind production. The good news is that there are things you can do to minimise the impact of ballooning and enjoy the festivities with confidence.

To address ballooning, consider making dietary adjustments. Identify foods that are known to cause excess wind, such as carbonated drinks or vegetables such as cabbage or brussel sprouts. While it’s not necessary to eliminate these entirely, moderating your intake of these over the festive period can help to control excess wind production.

Regularly emptying your pouch and keeping on top of your stoma care routine can also help prevent ballooning. By maintaining a stable routine, you can release excess wind and ensure your pouch remains comfortable and discreet.

Osto-EZ-Vent® is a simple product solution to your ‘ballooning’ problems and can easily attach to any manufacturers bag helping you to release wind build up with ease.

This holiday season don’t let the potential for ballooning dampen your spirits. By making thoughtful dietary choices and practicing good pouch management, you can navigate the festivities with ease and enjoy the celebrations to the fullest.

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