Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Nursing Best Practice Guidelines

Nutritional Management Tips in Ostomy Care

Signs and symptoms of dehydration:

  • Dizziness
  • Light headedness
  • Feeling of thirst
  • Dry mouth and tongue
  • Reduced urine output
  • Urine dark yellow
  • Feeling of agitation or restlessness

Foods that may thicken stool:

  • Applesauce
  • Peanut Butter
  • Bananas
  • Oatbran
  • Soda crackers
  • Pasta
  • Oatmeal
  • Rice
  • Bread
  • Potatoes
  • Tapioca
  • Cheese
  • Marshmallows

Foods that may loosen stool:

  • Alcohol (beer, wine and liquor)
  • Black licorice
  • Prune juice
  • Chocolate
  • Legumes
  • Spicy Foods
  • Caffeine containing beverages (tea, coffee, colas)

American Dietetic Association and Dietitians of Canada, (2000)