Care recipient (cr) was advised to take sitz baths to help resolve his or her medical issue caregiver (cg) needs tips on how to do it

Try: You will need a bathtub shallow bucket or a sitz bath the plastic sitz bath sits over a toilet and is recommended on many of the plastic sitz baths you can continuously add warm water so the bath doesn’t get cold the overflow of the water goes into the toilet you can buy a sitz bath at most drugstores plastic sitz baths will cost around ten to fifteen dollars fill up the bathtub bucket or sitz bath with warm water the water should be warm enough to be almost uncomfortable but not warm enough to burn the water should be just deep enough to cover the cr’s buttocks and hips fill up another bathtub bucket or sitz bath with cold water ask the cr to move back and forth between the cold and warm water baths every few minutes doing this step is optional some cg cg’s may want to skip this cold water step suggest that cr sit in the bath for about 20-30 minutes several times a week to promote healing when cr gets out of the sitz bath make sure he or she dries the area with a clean cotton towel make sure cr pats instead of rubbing dry you may want to suggest that the just let area air dry you can add salts to sitz baths if the cr cr’s doctor recommends it this can be very helpful for vaginal or perineal discomforts in women especially after childbirth the amount of salt depends on the size of cr’s sitz bath add enough salt to the sitz bath so that it easily dissolves help the cr stand up if he or she becomes dizzy while in the water

Materials: Bathtub shallow bucket or sitz bath clean cotton towel bath salts

Categories: Medical Physical, Personal

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References: Adapted from www howtodothings com how to take a sitz bath by theresa halvorsen no date

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*This information is listed as a Tip and is not explicitly medically licensed

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