Transanal irrigation (TAI) in children is a technique for effectively emptying the bowel. It promotes evacuation of stool from the rectum and lower part of the colon by passing water into the bowel.
Regular irrigation of the bowel, effectively empties the colon and rectum so that it stays empty until the next irrigation. This not only prevents soiling, it also gives control over time and place of defecation. Insertion of water creates a mass movement from the ascending colon which helps push out any poo and therefore prevents constipation. Older children and teenagers can often learn to perform the procedure themselves, giving them more independence and integrity.
No more bowel accidents
The aim of TAI is to restore a regular and well-functioning bowel allowing your child and you to live a life that is not limited by bowel issues. Reduced risk of accidents creates confidence, saves time and opens up for a social life, both for the child and family.
Time for play
Once your child has learned the procedure and his/her body has adapted to it, the irrigation should only take between 15 and 60 minutes. TAI is usually performed either daily, every other day or twice a week depending on your child’s needs.
How does TAI work?
The Paediatric Stoma Nurse Group (PSNG) with specialist nurses from the UK and Ireland explains what TAI is and how it works. Watch the last film in our expert series here.