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Friday 15 April 2022

Gastrointestinal System Disorders Q 75

The client with a new colostomy is concerned about the odor from the stool in the ostomy drainage bag. The nurse teaches the client to include which of the following foods in the diet to reduce odor?
    A. Yogurt
    B. Broccoli
    C. Cucumbers
    D. Eggs

Correct Answer: A. Yogurt

The client should be taught to include deodorizing foods in the diet, such as beet greens, parsley, buttermilk, and yogurt. Drinking buttermilk and/or eating yogurt or parsley can help to reduce odors from colostomy and ileostomy bags. In the case of urostomy patients, asparagus and fish will make the urine smell stronger. Spinach also reduces odor but is a gas-forming food as well. Broccoli, cucumbers, and eggs are gas-forming foods.

Option B: High-fiber foods are difficult to digest. Although very good for people’s overall health and well-being, these slow-digesting foods break down or ferment in the digestive tract. The fermentation process produces odorous gas.
Option C: In some cases, foods higher in fiber have a distinctive odor. The natural odor from these foods can also cause flatulence to be smelly. High-fiber foods often also contain more sulfur than other types. This can cause the makeup of a person’s fart to change to include more sulfur, which has a distinct odor and will cause the person to produce smellier gas.
Option D: When trying eggs, start with a small amount (such as 1 egg). Eggs may cause a bad odor (smell) when the client opens the pouch. Eating bland foods will help avoid uncomfortable symptoms such as diarrhea (loose or watery bowel movements), bloating, and gas.

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