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Pancaking with Colostomy... HELP!


Twice, the pancaking has led to stool leakage from underneath the wafer. I've tried the baby oil trick, but I'm not having much luck. Any advice?

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Mindy, does your pouch have a filter? Sometimes that lets too much air escape, and exacerbates pancaking. Try putting a stickie over the filter and see if that helps. 



Make sure a little air stay in your bag... 


Before putting new bag on blow air into the clipped bag to help prevent pancaking ..good luck!


I found that drinking more water keeps output liquid enough to cause less problems....... and its free!


I have a lot of problems with pancaking. I use the baby oil and still have to push it down in the bag through the bag. The oil helps to be able to push it to the bottom of the bag. The oil will also slide to the bottom of the bag so you may need to hold the bag up every once in awhile and to let the oil go back to the top of the bag. I rub the bag between my hands to redistrube the oil. As some have said drink a lot of water and leave a little air in the bag. A lot of problem is diet I love to eat carbs. I take fiber pils they help also, hope this helps.  Best wishes and stay safe


Thanks, Laurie!

Tried the trick today but was still pancaking. I then added a piece of medical tape over the sticker to really secure it 😂😂. I've got an appointment with the Ostomy Nurse tomorrow, hoping she can help. I'll let you know if I find any relief. 


Thank you so much, Lovely!


Hey Mindy,

Look on YouTube for Vegan Ostomy videos. Eric has a lot of good info in the videos, and he has one or two on pancaking. He also does reviews on different products for ostomies. Hope you can find some info that will be helpful.



  Hi Mindy,

During the day or night trip to the bathroom I am in the habit of (using a 20 oz. pop bottle of water) pouring water in (third of bottle at a time) sealing bottom, squishy the bag around and dumping it out and doing it two more times. It'll get all that goo out of your bag.

Unless it's not convenient (not private restroom?) doing this method can help minimize the problem. 

Otherwise I would try regulating with that fiber stuff you put a teaspoon in a glass of water. Mirilax or the generic store brand. 

Just my thoughts, mtnman. 


Thank you!!

Pouring the water in helps A LOT! My ostomy nurse suggest a daily stool softener and hooked me up with some convex pouches. Hoping a combination of all will do the trick :)!



The convex pouch should help a little if yr stoma is retracting due to peristaltic action. I have found adding Convatec Stomahesive Seal to be a total lifesaver. I warm it under my arm for a couple of minutes and then it's maliable and can be just manually moulded to any size stoma oz. Place the convex pouch over this and it forms an amazing seal. Voila!!


All colostomies "pancake" which is why there are lubricant deodorizers out there. Why not get rid of the problem completely by irrigating? (If possible). Your colostomy must be a sigmoid or end ostomy, not transverse. I've been irrigating for 13 years now - no accidents and for the most part nothing in the pouch for 24 hrs until the next morning. Some men get away with irrigating every 48 hrs or more, but I wouldn't advise it. Some people irrigate until they've "tamed" their ostomy to be completely regular. It's a great option common in Europe but not taught often enough in the US.

Ask your WOCN or ostomy support group for more ideas!

Pinky 🙂

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