Valerie, thanks for your comments.
The bulb syringe was the enema I also (as you told) received growing up.
Being the oldest I remember it being used often.
Bulb syringe enemas were given on a table, across the lap and a few times when in bed. And are still given this way.
You are right for giving a larger volume enema (such as a quart
or two quart
enemas) with the bulb syringe did take numerous refills of the syringe.
Agree with you, easier to have someone to administer the bulb enema.
When older I received many bulb syringe enemas from another nurse, mom or friend.
Sizes…. The 4 ounce bulb was/is called a “infant/child’s enema bulb syringe. Good for giving the enema to a toddler.
Sold in most drug stores sir a few dollars.
The 6 oz
good for the older child.
The 8 oz
bulb was, and still is, good for the teen and adult.
Over the years I gave, and still do, many bulb syringe enemas. To my three, friends, friends of friends, and patients.
I also preferred to take the bulb in my bag when made a home visit to administer an enema. I had various sizes of the bulb in my bag.
One time I remember giving the mom a mom an enema with the larger size. Then giving her 4 yo b an enema with the smaller size syringe.
Other nurses and caregivers preferred using the bucket or bag enema in the home.
In my early 70s now.
Is the bulb still used in the home? Of course! It is a very easy enema to prepare, administer and clean after the enema. Easy to carry in a bag and travel with.
Many times when visiting another mom for a few weeks I gave one of mine an enema with the bulb syringe. Few times I remember the mom I was visiting decided one of hers needed an enema and she got the bulb syringe out.
Recently a mom and I were discussing health and remedies. She asked about the enema for her 6 yo boy. A trip to the store with her was made and the bulb was purchased. He was given an enema with it when we got back to her place. He was constipated and needed an enema.
Amazing how it helped him. He was back to normal immediately after getting an enema. He did protest and resisted some when he was told he was going to be given an enema. So it was good I was able to assist her. But he took it very well. The next day she gave him another enema without me assisting. He accepted getting his second enema without fussing or resisting.