When you’re living with a digestive disorder like Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, or irritable bowel syndrome, you may need to use the bathroom a lot at times. So why not make the space as comfortable as possible? Here are some handy items to keep around:

Toilet stool: It may help you position your body to let you poop more easily if you’re constipated.

Slippers: Feet chilly from a cold floor? These can keep them warm.

Magazines: Now’s a good time to catch up on some reading.

Mounted phone holder: This can help you be hands-free if needed.

Phone charger: Your battery may run low from fun videos and other distractions.

Bluetooth speaker: Pipe in music or podcasts. Plus, minimize noises you make.

Medicated rectal cream: It can soothe painful skin. Ask your doctor to recommend one. 

Cleaning supplies: Stock up on alcohol-free wet wipes and powder. 

Clothes pegs: Hang pants or underwear on these if you need to change, or to keep both hands free while cleaning.

Drawer of extra underwear: Have spares ready in case of an accident.

Disposable gloves and bags: These can help you move soiled clothes to the laundry room.

Small mirror: This can help you check your bottom to see if it’s clean.

Diffuser: De-stress and mask odors with a nice fragrance.

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Tanvi Dhere, MD, associate professor, Division of Digestive Diseases, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta.

Shawn Bethea, Crohn’s patient.

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation: “What to Expect with IBD.”

Crohn’s & Colitis UK: “Managing Bowel Incontinence in IBD.”

Mayo Clinic: “Anal Fissure.”

MedlinePlus: “Hydrocortisone Rectal.”

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