How is a mineral oil enema different from a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate)?

Simple! Enemas are used to help cleanse the rectum and left colon. Mineral oil enemas are simply that - mineral oil in water. It functions to lubricate and stimulate the rectum to help evacuate stool. Fleet's enemas are made from sodium phosphates, and the salt load stimulates the bowel to secrete fluid causing a diarrhea effect. Fleets are a few ounces as opposed to mineral oil which is 2 quarts.
Diff mech of action. Fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) acts as a laxative. It drawas water in which makes the stool soft and easier to move. Mineral oil acts as a lubricant where it coats the stool. It prevents water from being absorbed from the stool and makes it easier for the body to move it. In general less water will make the stool hard and ddifficult for the body to move. Both enemas are safe to use when needed.

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Can you make a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) at home? Heard about soapsuds

Fecal disimpaction. Enema liquids are widely varied: fleets is a brand of a chemical called phosphosoda or sodium phosphate. Coffee, soap suds, tap water, glycerin, gastrograffin as well as other more rare liquids have been used. They all work by stimulating bowel contraction by stretching the colon, and softening the stool by adding water. Safest would be to just use tap water, 500-1000ml for up to 3 days. Read more...

At what rate does a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) make a child evacuate his bowels?

Enema. Sometimes an enema will work right away, sometimes it takes an hour or two. Depending on the age of the child you may want to use something by mouth instead. If the child holds his poop and you put something in his bottom he may feel punished and continue to hold in the future. Clean out, followed by daily stool softener, and consistent toileting time is often a better option. Read more...

Does it hurt to take a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) for constipation?

No. Usually the small volume of a fleet's enema is not a problem. If this is a persistent need to use the enema for a bowel movement, then something other than simple constipation may be a problem and should be evaluated. Read more...

Is it okay for me to take colace the day after I take a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate)?

Yes. Colace (docusate sodium) is a softener and usually does not stimulate the GI tract. Enemas work by causing rectal distension which causes the rectum to evacuate the local contents. However, prolonged and frequent use of enemas can be irritating to the lining of the rectum. Read more...