I’ve received a lot of questions regarding my ileostomy since I started this blog, a lot of which I address in this post. However, one question that I’ve never really gone into detail about, are the products I trust and use the most. For me, it was a long process of trial and error, to find which ostomy systems were my favorite… so I understand why those of you who have one, would like a nod in the right direction. To that end, today we’re going to discuss my favorite ostomy products.
Most of the products I use are Hollister brand. I was drawn to them from the beginning, probably because that’s what they gave me in the hospital and that’s the system that I learned on. That being said, ConvaTec is also a widely popular and trustworthy brand.
So when you first get your ostomy, they start you off with the large sized pouches that are transparent. It helps in the learning process to be able to see what’s going on inside there and to be able to see the stoma. However, once you get comfortable with that, you’re most likely going to want to switch to the opaque pouches. They are nude colored and just feel so much more discreet and easier to look at. And if you’re like me, you’ll switch to the smaller pouches. I don’t like the big long ones… To me they felt heavy and it’s not like I was ever going to let it get full anyway. I would rather empty more often and have a smaller bag. But that is totally up to you. Everybody is different, and every stoma is different. A little trial and error is to be expected to figure out what you like.
The pouches I buy are called Hollister Premier Cut-to-Fit Drainable Soft Flex Skin Barrier w/ Lock & Roll Closure Mini Pouches. Long name right?? There are SO many different kinds of barriers, closures, and other details, that they have to spell it all out so you know what you’re getting. To make it easier, you can just look for Hollister #88700. Or you can click on the link above to check them out. Here’s a picture of what they look like:
Next up are the barrier rings that I use. These would be applied to the skin around the stoma, before the pouch is put on. The pouch would then be applied over the barrier ring. Now keep in mind that I don’t wear these on a regular basis. I have a difficult time making the pouch stick for a long time when I wear the barrier rings. However, they help a ton with keeping the skin around my stoma in better shape. So when my skin gets irritated, I’ll wear the barrier rings, and just know that I’ll need to change my pouch a little more often. They are the Hollister Adapt Rings #7805. They look like this:
Okay, moving right along… Next on my list is Hollister Lubricating Deodorant. I love this stuff because it keeps the inside of your bag cleaner, longer. Plus, it helps neutralize the smell for when you have to empty. (Can we all just take a minute and appreciate the kinds of things we discuss on this blog?) Here’s the bottle it comes in. This stuff lasts for quite a while, it doesn’t take much.
Next is something new that I haven’t tried yet. I saw these online the other day and I thought… yep, I need those! I ordered some but haven’t gotten them yet. I’ll let you know what I think… but just for your info, I love the idea of these Seal Tight Shower Patches.
Of course, you’ll need scissors if you are using a cut to fit… which I prefer over the 2 piece barrier appliances that snap on, because I feel like they are a much more snug fit and is more discreet under your clothes. I like these: Curved Dressing Scissors.
And last, but definitely not least… Huggies Natural Care Baby Wipes. These are critical for me. In the ostomy world, baby wipes are not just for babies. :) We’ve kept them around our house, and D has long since been out of diapers. I’ve used many different kinds of wipes to clean around my stoma when I change my appliance.. but these are far and away my favorites. They never sting and are super gentle.
There are lots of other products that I’ve tried and played with over the years, but these are my regulars. I do have my eye on some things I’d like to try here in the near future, but I won’t post them until I try it out and have an opinion. I’ll keep you posted.
I hope this helps out, if you’re in the market for some trustworthy ostomy products. And if you don’t have an ostomy, and don’t know anyone who does – then thanks for hanging out with us and we’ll get back to regular program on Friday! I’ve got some DIY Pillows coming your way, and they are cute!
What are your favorite ostomy products? Let’s share in the comments! It helps to hear what works for someone else because I’m always open to trying new stuff. I will say though, that I am pretty attached to my mini pouches. They’ve been good to me!
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