For those of us who received suppositories and enemas, how did your mother decide which remedy to use?
For our family mom used suppositories when my sisters and I were ill and enemas when we were constipated.
My mother generally preferred enemas, but every now and then she would start to think that a suppository might be the remedy without the fuss and bother of getting out the enema bag. More often than not the suppository would not work as intended and she had to give an enema anyway. Honestly, we don't even have suppositories or laxatives in the house.
The few times I got a suppository, very little was expelled not matter how long I held it, so I was always given a soapy enema to care of the constipation.
The only time now I would use a suppository was if I did not have the privacy to take a good hot soapy enema.
enemas were not so frequently ... microenemas were often used ...
I got enemas from my earliest memories. While getting an enema from my mother for being constipated, she told me the next time she was going to try something new for me. About a month later when she thought that I hadn't gone for about two days, she called me into the bathroom at night and explained that she was going to give me a suppository to make me go. She showed me the small jar that was sitting on the edge of the bathroom sink. I was told to take off my pajama bottoms and lay over her lap in the same position she always gave me enemas. She opened the jar and pulled out a long slender children's suppository, showed it to me, and explained how it would work. She then spread my buttocks with her left hand and inserted the suppository about 2/3rd's into me and held it there. I told her that it felt cold and she explained that she kept the jar in the refrigerator so they wouldn't melt and explained that the warmth in my bottom would cause it to melt and release the medicine to make me go. After a few minutes she started to ask me if I felt like I had to go. I replied that I didn't feel like I had to go and then she started to slowly move the suppository in an in and out motion to hasten the melting process. After about another five minutes or so I felt it starting to work and she let me off her lap and got up and lifted the closed toilet seat that she was sitting on. I had a bm, but it was nothing like it was when she gave me an enema.
I think that was the only jar of chid suppositories that she ever bought. She gave me suppositories a few more times until the time when I thought that it worked and sat down to expel only the suppository and she then gave me an enema and explained that the enema worked better and would clean me out much better. From that point she always gave me an enema. She knew that an enema never failed to work.
I have just started using glycerin suppositories as part of a regimen prescribed by an on-line connection I met here. I really like them! I love the feeling of them going in and slowly melting, having to wait, etc...Very fun.
Hi my father would always give me suppositories when I was younger and I hated them. Now that Im older I love them. Ive never had an enema.
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Several days ago I tried a suppository carved from a bar of glycerine soap I bought at the organic store. I did this just to try it - an experiment. It worked pretty well and did not irritate very much. I prefer enemas but this could work as a substitute for the preliminary short enemas before taking the long one - if you use and like suppositories. The soap comes in different "flavors" so you can vary it to suit your mood (pine for wake-up, lavender for relaxation, etc.).
Glycerine suppositories never really worked on me. A good soapsuds enema always did the trick.
A soap stick is really soap cut into a small piece abd put up the butt. Iivory soap was used many years ago to get the bowels to move ather than giving oneself or getting an enema. They can be very irritating and burn like hell. I think they were probably used rather than glycerine suppositories because one had the bar of soap at home and everyone had a multipurpose bar of soap in the bathroom. Once dulcolax came on the market the soap stick became less used. Some like the burning and cramping.
I have seen a soapstick only once, and it was with an aunt's semi-hidden enema bag and other medical equipment. I never brought the topic up with cousins, but assume that the stick was used to cause irritation in the lower rectal area to produce a BM.
The effects of soap stick in the colon will be far more efficient in the case that you will not only dip this in warm water but when you will lay this in warm water for a few minutes before the insertion.
I don’t believe you’ll find them on sale anywhere, though they may have been once. You can make them yourself — just carve a suitably sized and shaped piece of soap with a sharp knife, round off any sharp edges, dip in warm water, insert, and wait.
Can some one please tell me what a soap stick is, what it does and wher I can get them please
I don't remember ever receiving a suppository,glycerin or otherwise growing up, and I never saw any stored with the enema can or other "sickroom need." I am sure the can did a better job of cleansing than a suppository would.
I often use a suppository to get rid of the boluses in my descending colon before I have a proper large-volume enema. In some places this was standard hospital procedure but with the now-standard use of Fleet enemas it is no longer necessary. If I am going to have a huge enema and am rushed I may use a Fleet or bulb to get things started.
I think the determining factor for for whether my mom gave me a suppository or an enema was age. When I was very little I remember getting suppositories and enemas from a small white bulb syringe, both over my moms lap. As i got a little older the only thing that changed was getting them either on the bathroom floor or on my bed. But around the time my mom started using a bag to give me enemas, she also stopped giving me suppositories. I think that was around 6 or 7 years old. So, I guess my age played a role in what she thought would work best when I was either constipated or sick and what she thought would help me the most.
My mother would give me a glycerine suppository if a bedtime dose of laxative didn't make me go as soon as I woke up the next morning. Then if the suppository didn't work in about 20 minutes, she would give me a soapsuds enema. When I was ill she would use a soapsuds enema, instead of a laxative or suppository.
I was never a fan of suppositories.
My Father tells me that he got them. His mom(who would NOT give enemas!!) was so cheap, she refused to buy separate jars of suppositories for children and adults. Instead, she insisted on cutting an adult one in half with a kitchen knife. Being the older of ther two brothers, HE got the back half.
Partly for that reason, he never really used them on me.
I don't remember ever getting a suppository from my mother. But, based on what I saw with my younger brothers, I conclude suppositories were used on us until we were potty trained. Then when we were able to hold an enema for a bit until we were on the toilet we got enemas with a bulb.