A bowel diary is a record of when the person normally passes bowel motions. It's often used to collect information as part of a continence assessment. A bowel diary may also be used at different times during a continence treatment plan to see if the plan is working.
It is important to fill out the diary carefully, so that the information can be used to plan the person's continence care.
The person should be involved in managing their bowel diary as much as possible. Work out what things they can do, for example, looking at the bowel motions and choosing what number it is on the Bristol Stool Chart.
The bowel diary shows:
A bowel diary is usually kept for seven days in a row. It should be filled out using the person's normal routine.
Every bowel motion is recorded during the time you are asked to fill out the diary.
If the person is out or flushes the toilet before you see the bowel motion, note on the diary the date, time and that the person passed a bowel motion but that it wasn't seen.
Other things to think about:
Remember that for the information to be useful, you need to fill in the diary as carefully as possible.
If you have any problems filling out the bowel diary, ask the person who wants to diary for help.
Need more help? Call the National Continence Helpline on 18OO 33 OO 66 and talk to a continence advisor.
The Bristol Stool Chart
A bowel diary is usually kept for:
A bowel diary:
When a bowel dairy is filled out:
This information is not a substitute for independent professional advice.