Patient and Family Education
What are enemas?
Enemas are a type of medicine given through the rectum (bottom). They help your child to have a bowel
Give enemas to your child only if your child’s doctor says it’s OK.
How should I give a prepackaged enema? (See picture on the next page)
• Wash your hands before and after giving the enema.
• Remove the enema tip cap. To make it easier to give the enema:
- Have your baby or toddler lie on his tummy with his knees bent and his bottom up in the air. Or,
you can place him on his tummy across your lap
- Have your child lie on his left side with one or both legs bent
- Allow teenagers to give the enema to themselves if preferred
• Put warm water or water-soluble jelly (such as KY Jelly ) on the enema tip to make it easier to insert
Insert the enema tip slowly and gently, pointing the tip toward the belly button. Insert it just past the
anal spincter, the muscle inside the rectum. If you meet resistance, do not force it.
Give the enema slowly by squeezing the plastic bottle. A small amount of extra fluid
may remain in
In case of an urgent concern or emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room right away.
This is general information and is not specific medical advice for your child. Always consult your child’s doctor or other healthcare
provider if you have any questions or concerns about the care or health of your child. A Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta pediatric
advice nurse is available 24 hours a day at 404-250-KIDS.
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