Young Ostomates United Inc
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Young Ostomates United (YOU) Inc was formed in October 1989.
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(Presented at Fashion Parade at World Ostomy Day)
By Anne Epifanio
- One piece outfits are recommended as they prevent the baby
from pulling at the bag;
- Dresses and dungarees are a good idea;
- Avoid stiff waistbands or belts. If they are really necessary,
try them on the baby to ensure that they will not slip off or
catch on the appliance;
- Avoid tight or clinging fabrics as these may catch obstruct
free drainage and show the appliance;
- Avoid bare midriffs;
- Ensure baby's nails are kept short.
Toddlers & the Older Child:
- Use Velcro to adapt items of clothing that the child may
perhaps be unable to wear;
- Add an internal pocket at the level of the appliance to make
wearing it more comfortable. This also decreases the likelihood
of embarrassing accidents.
- Use 'Fast Net'. It is used as a support under bathers and can
hold the appliance in place. It is available in different sizes
at low cost. Just cut a small piece the length of the appliance
and place it around the appliance;
- The 'fast Net' is also a good idea if you would like to let
your baby crawl around on the floor in warmer weather wearing
just a nappy;
- Board shorts and Lycra bathers are ideal;
- Wide waistbands can help hide scars and the tops of the
- Bathers with frills around the bathers or bows on the side of
the appliance can help hide it from view;
- Shorts and t-shirts are a good idea for boys. Rash vests can
- Bold patterns or stripes and dark colours help to disguise the
- A full range of paediatric appliances also exist which can be
used when swimming.
Clothing for Adults:
Fitted or Tight Clothing:
Many new ostomates are concerned about wearing tight / fitted
clothes. The following suggestions may be helpful:
- Wear floral prints;
- Wear pantyhose for extra support;
- Consider a different type of clip on the appliance which is
- Place bag to the side instead of straight down – with bottom
of back pointing down toward the middle of your body;
- Place the appliance in a bag cover or pouch;
- Skin-tight clothing can bruise your stoma.
- High waisted briefs exist for both men and women;
- Lycra sports pants exist for women;
- Many companies are now producing high waisted underwear,
especially in Lycra which helps to hold everything together and
disguise the appliance.
- Avoid tight clothing over long hours. Loose fashions are
- Consider pleated or loose pants/trousers;
- Straight dresses are ideal for the women and suits for the
- Braces may be more comfortable than belts;
- Tip: for extra support place the foot of a stocking over the
- It may be useful to keep a change of clothing or at least
skirt/pants in your locker for unexpected accidents;
- Keep a spare appliance in your locker. Include sone clips,
flanges, appliances, wipes, tissues, scissors and a pack of
nappy bags for disposing of the used appliance hygienically.
Today, everyone is looking for casual wear that is both
comfortable and versatile. For the ostomate, a few suggestions
- Track suits;
- Skirt and tops;
- Shorts etc.
An ostomy should not stop you from participating in fun activities
such as water sports or sport in general. It is often a matter of
gaining confidence to get back to your favourite activity or try
- Special appliances do exist for swimming. They are smaller, do
not have a clip and are water resistant. However, they do need
to be emptied more frequently. Ask you association about them or
speak to a company representative.
- For anyone involved in water sports, always keep your towel
handy. It makes a great sarong until you reach the privacy of
change rooms. Always bring spare appliances with you. These can
fit easily into a beach bag or bum-bag.
For the women:
- High cut bathers are not a good idea. Consider some of the
1950's styles that are currently in fashion;
- Floral or patterned bathers can help disguise the appliance;
- Dark colours do the same;
- Bathers that cross over at the front, are gathered or have a
tie at the side are another option;
- Try wearing full Lycra briefs under the bathers for added
- Some ostomates have suggested that G-strings are very good for
supporting the appliance;
- Combine shorts (ie: bike or board) with a colourful top (ie:
bikini, crop or tank).
For the guys:
- Board shorts are a good idea especially if they have lining;
- Lycra underwear is also recommended under the bathers;
- Jean shorts - cut down your favourite old faded jeans. The
sturdy fabric is excellent for swimming, but they will stay wet
- Suits for the boys;
- Long, straight dresses for the girls;
- Feel good about yourself and be confident. More often than
not, you can still wear the same clothes as you did before the
- Depending on the nightclub, the expected fashion code can vary
from casual to formal. So be comfortable;
- Baggy jeans are good for comfort when dancing;
- A bodysuit is also comfortable and provides some added support
under pants or skirts;
- T-shirts are in fashion too.
For any nocturnal pursuits, sexy lingerie is possible.
- For both the guys and girls, try silky boxer shorts with a
matching dressing gown or top;
- A silk chemise or night-shirt;
- Silk pyjamas;
- For the ladies, camisoles with matching bottoms or one-piece
- Some ostomates also recommend G-strings for comfort.
- Smaller appliances are also available for those intimate
moments. Contact your Association or Company representatives for
For the more intimate moments:
- Empty the appliance before going to bed;
- Tie a long silky scarf around the appliance at intimate
moments or the guys may like to use a cummerbund;
- 'Fast Net' or a stocking can be used to hold the appliance in
- A bag cover may help;
- In Melbourne we have a member who specialises in lingerie and
bag covers for ostomates. Contact us for details.
Kerry Kenny for bag Covers and Cummerbunds
Rosemary Marshall's "Cover Me".
Young Ostomates United Inc