Many people with spina bifida have problems controlling their bowels. With discipline, you can regulate your bowels to move more regularly, which can lessen the chance of “accidents” or incontinence. Certain foods may cause diarrhea. Learn to identify what foods cause this for you, and avoid them. Common culprits include corn, coffee and chocolate.
Having the right amount of fiber in your diet can help. Fiber is in tasty foods such as whole grains, nuts, vegetables and fruit, and popcorn.
Be sure to choose a low-fat version of popcorn (microwave popcorn often has hydrogenated oil) or use an air popper. Drink lots of fluids when you are taking extra fiber.
Another option is the MACE procedure, which creates an opening in the upper colon, allowing an enema to be given from the top of the colon. Many people find this gives them more independence with their bowel routine, and they have less incontinence. Please talk to your urologist for more information on this.