A 36-year-old patient with a history of short bowel syndrome has had a colostomy placed. The patient complains of chronic diarrhea from the ostomy opening. Which food or fluid should the nurse suggest for this patient?


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- Peanut butter

- Buttermilk

- Asparagus

- Baked beans


A patient with a colostomy may suffer from elimination problems following surgery, including increased flatus and diarrhea from the stoma opening. The nurse can counsel the patient to increase intake of certain foods that would promote stool bulk and that could reduce diarrhea. An example of food to include would be peanut butter.

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