Sodium phosphate enema

The information and instructions on the following pages should not replace those given to you by your doctor.

A sodium phosphate enema is used as a laxative to empty one’s bowels prior to certain medical procedures. The process brings water into the bowels, which softens the stool.

Do not use when

  • Your child has a known allergy to one of the ingredients
  • Your child has blocked bowels or other intestinal problems, ischemia, kidney failure, r high phosphate levels in the blood
  • Your child is under the age of two

Consult your physician when

  • You are pregnant or nursing
  • Your child is on a low-sodium diet
  • Your child suffered or suffers from appendicitis, kidney problems, hypertension, hypothyroidism, bone problems, muscular problems, pancreatic dysfunction, UTI, kidney stones, electrolyte problems, nausea, vomiting, sudden changes in the bowels, and/or stomach aches
  • Your child has been using it for longer than a week
  • Your child is taking other medication
  • Your child has known allergies

Storing the Medication
Store the medication at room temperature, in a cool, dark, dry place, out of reach of children. Do not use past the expiration date.

Administering the Medication
Administer the medication as instructed by your doctor.

Using a small amount of pressure, insert the enema into your child’s rectum. You can move the point from side to side and have your child create a little pressure to insert it relatively easily. Squeeze the contents into the rectum. Once the contents have been empty, have your child lie down until he is ready to go to the bathroom – usually 2-5 minutes. Do not conduct more than one enema in 24 hours.

What should I do if I forgot to administer the medication on time?
Call your doctor immediately.

When can I stop administering the medication?
Complete the round as instructed by your doctor.

Side Effects
Side Effects include diarrhea, gases, rashes on the rectum, nausea, stomach cramps

Call your doctor when

  • Your child’s condition gets worse
  • Your child has an allergic reaction to the medication
  • Your child experiences bloody diarrhea, or severe rectal pain, dizziness, weakness
  • The enema does not induce bowel movement