The other night at work I had an order to give a patient a milk and molasses enema. Having never done this before and only heard in nursing school that they used to be given I asked the other nurses about it. No one had really ever given one. The nursing supervisor said they worked great but couldn't tell me why. So here is my question...why and how do they work?
Sep 8, '05
by NRSKarenRN, BSN, RN
milk and molasses works as mild stimulant to stimulate bowel peristalsis, evacuate stool and is easy on the bowel lining.
see prior post on subject:
for those patients whose hard stool is just beyond the reach of your glove,and you don't have a sse bag or rectal tube available. attach a 18 fr or larger foley to end of a fleets enema
bottle, lubricate well with water soluble gel, insert tube with rotating motion up past stool as high as it will reach. administer enema
up high, try to keep the patient side-lying for 15 min, expect great results.
brown cow = m+m = milk
and molasses enema
warm 8oz milk
in pan on stove or microwave 1 min. mix in 8 oz molasses. allow mixture to cool to room temp (test on inside of forearm).
once cooled, add to enema
bag and your ready to go.
swear too that brear rabbit superior to grandma's molasses as has higher darkstrap molasses content. :chuckle
see diane k. newman, rnc, msn, crnp, faan
incontinence nurse practitioners article for good info: http://www.seekwellness.com/incontinence/bowel.htm
Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Sep 8, '05
Sep 9, '05
by NRSKarenRN, BSN, RN
Quote from Mommy2Katiebaby
I dunno about "evidence based," but if you ever give one you will see the evidence, rely upon it. And the major side effect of lactose intolerance / milk allergy is... diarrhea, not anaphylaxis. And enemas rarely need to be sterile, as the lower GI tract certainly is NOT.
Quote from suzanne4
This has been used for probably more than 100 years, it has been around at least since my grandmother was a little girl.
This was used before any of these companies made the newer things........plus it is 100% natural..........
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Evidenced based practice found in article I posted from Diane Newmann, Adult Incontinence Nurse Practitioner,
Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Sep 9, '05