Preparing for a Stool Culture
For the Potty-Trained Child
You may ask the clinic or the doctor’s office for supplies to collect stool. This would include a “hat” to place on the toilet rim and a container.
Ask your child to urinate in the toilet first, then, lift the toilet seat and place the hat shaped container over the rim of the toilet. Lower the toilet seat. Have your child sit and try to defecate into the hat container. The toilet paper should be tossed in the toilet bowl, not the container.
For the Child in Diapers
Collecting stool from a child in diapers can be difficult. Liquid stool can seep into the diaper before it can be collected. Here are a couple of tips to help you obtain the stool:
- Line diaper with plastic wrap or turn diaper “inside out” so that the plastic side is next to the skin.
- Check diaper often to see if child has stooled.
Collect and Submit
- Use the tool attached to the lid to get stool sample from the plastic-lined diaper or collection hat.
- Put the stool sample in the container until the liquid level gets to the red line on the container.
- Put the lid on tightly to make sure no liquid spills out.
- Label the container with the patient's name, date of birth, date and time of collection.
- Keep the sample at room temperature; do not refrigerate. Take back to the lab within 24 hours.