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Bladder and bowel control

The person may lose control of their bladder or bowels.

This happens because the muscles in these areas relax and don’t work as they did.

They may also have fewer bowel movements as they eat less, and their urine may get darker as they drink less.

Should you be worried?

This may be distressing to see, and you may worry that the person may feel embarrassed.

Is there anything you can do to help?

You can ask a nurse to help by showing you how to:
  • keep the person clean and comfortable
  • protect the bed.
You can also ask the nurse or doctor for equipment that may be able to help with this, such as incontinence pads or a catheter (a long thin tube that can be put into the person’s bladder to drain urine).
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