Enemas for Children

Thanks to GMO's and other additives and processed foods which create sluggish colons, more and more children and teens are becoming constipated early in life.  Antibiotics play a large role as well, as it destroys friendly colon bacteria, allowing Candida to grow in the intestines.

In Young children, the rectum is small and so a child-size enema tip is necessary.  PureLife Health Equipment recommends their 6" Thin Colon Catheter Tip to use in place of the regular 3" nozzle.

Here is a suggested solution guideline to follow:

2-6 years...........     .  6 ounces of water

6-12 years..........       12 ounces of water

Adolescents and Adults  16 ouces of water


Instructions for Giving an Enema         

1.            Have your child drink 1 or 2 glasses of water before the enema. Sometimes enemas can cause dehydration.

2.            Have your child lie on his stomach with his knees pulled under him.

3.            Lubricate the enema tube or nozzle with a lubricant such as KY Jelly and gently put it 1 and 1/2 inches to 2 inches into the rectum.

4.            If you are giving a disposable enema, gradually squeeze the contents of the container into the rectum.If you are giving a homemade enema, put the solution into the enema bag. The fluid will flow down gradually by gravity. Keep the enema bag no more than 2 feet above the level of your child's bottom. Giving the enema should take 5 to 10 minutes. If your child gets cramps, slow down the flow by lowering the enema bag.

5.            When the bag is empty, remove the tube.

6.            Your child should wait to go to the bathroom until he feels a strong need to have a bowel movement (in about 2 to 10 minutes). Encourage your child to hold back the enema for 5 minutes.

7.            If the enema equipment is disposable, throw it away. If it is reusable, clean the tube as best you can with an antibacterial soap and water. Then sterilize it by putting it in boiling water for 10 minutes. The enema bag just needs to be rinsed with water.


Written by Barton Schmitt, MD.