Pancaking occurs when, instead of dropping to the bottom of the bag, the motion collects around the stoma and may seep between the flange/baseplate and the skin. This can happen because there is not enough air in the bag and so the two sides stick together.

It may help to cover the filter with a sticky patch to prevent gas escaping from the bag. Alternatively, you could place a small piece of crumpled tissue inside the bag to keep the sides apart. Lubricating the inside of the bag with baby oil or a special gel may help the motion to drop to the bottom of the bag.

If you would like to speak to one of our volunteers about pancaking please call our helpline on 0800 328 4257. Alternatively you can speak to your stoma care nurse.

Earlier in the year we asked ostomates online to share their own personal tips for dealing with Pancaking Which you can read by clicking here.


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