Colostomy Gas Relief: Toothpick Trick Works!

Jul 09, 2018 6:46 pm

Have had colostomy for 4 years! Tired of burping bag constantly even after watching what I eat! I poke small holes in the top of the bag with a toothpick. Don't have to worry about quickly burping the bag in front of people! It works!

Jul 10, 2018 5:47 am

Great idea!

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Jul 11, 2018 3:29 pm

Don't the bags with filters take care of excessive gas?

Jul 11, 2018 5:16 pm

The bags with filters don't seem to do much for the gas, I suppose they're more for odor since they have a small amount of charcoal.

A toothpick or pinhole is an interesting home remedy for those who have a solid output. I found out about pinholes due to my cat ;). Tape is helpful if your output is not so solid but you must be careful as it can also make the hole larger.

Jul 11, 2018 5:36 pm

Thank you for that info! But what do you mean tape can be helpful? How do you use tape and what kind of tape?

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Jul 11, 2018 5:37 pm

Bags with filters won't last a day.

Jul 11, 2018 5:38 pm

Do you have solid output? I can't see pinholes or holes of any kind working for me - lol. The smell would escape as well.

Jul 11, 2018 5:41 pm

Have been using toothpick for a couple of years, don't have to worry about a surge of gas hitting in public, doesn't leak either! Have liquid output!

Jul 11, 2018 5:51 pm

Harley Doll,

As for what I meant when I said tape can be helpful, my output is not predictable, sometimes it's not solid and I have to put tape over the pinholes so they don't leak.

There is actually a product that I have used called Osto EZ Vent. I will attach a link that shows a video on how to attach it to your bag.

Jul 12, 2018 2:23 am

I have had a colostomy 1 week today and everyone at the hospital said no dietary restrictions. However, the gas pain pressure has bothered me all day. Any input would be helpful!

Jul 12, 2018 2:29 am

It takes time! Get up and walk, you will have several things happening to you!

Jul 15, 2018 7:28 pm

Hi Melissa,

Welcome to the forum. Abe is right as it will take time for you to find out what causes gas from what food you eat. A week is such a short time to do much besides heal. What about an over the counter medication like Gas-X or something like it? Gas can come from just taking in too much air from using a straw. There is much information on the site for you to read from past posts. I found keeping a food diary helped me know what gave me issues. Chewing your food very well is the best thing, but it won't stop gas.

Jul 18, 2018 12:07 am

Yes! Walking is a very good healing process. The stronger you get, the better it heals and the faster it heals. My redo surgery took a little longer to heal staples-wise, but I forced myself out of bed and started walking as soon as I was able. I got off that pain med real quick as well.

Jul 18, 2018 2:41 am

Thank you so much for the tip. You are right, one week later, many other issues. It's nice to have the support of others, so I appreciate the comment.

Jul 18, 2018 2:44 am

Thank you for the insight. It's also very scary, so all of your tips are very helpful.