Fecal Incontinence: What Food Helps, What Food Doesn't

At some point, both urinary and fecal (bowel) incontinence affect most people with dementia as brain-body communications deteriorate. Diet can influence the types of stools you have to deal with.

Foods that add to the problem (by relaxing the anal sphincter or irritating the bowels):

  • Coffee

  • Tea

  • Chocolate

  • Cured or smoked meat

  • Spicy foods

  • Ice cream

  • Milk

  • Fatty or greasy foods

  • Fruit

Foods that help (by bulking stool and being soft and easy to consume):

  • Bananas

  • Rice

  • Tapioca

  • Applesauce

  • Yogurt

  • Oatmeal


Paula Spencer Scott

Paula Spencer Scott is the author of Surviving Alzheimer's: Practical Tips and Soul-Saving Wisdom for Caregivers and much of the Alzheimer's and caregiving content on Caring. See full bio