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A sitz bath is a kind of therapy that involves soaking in warm, shallow water. This therapy can help soothe the skin between the genitals and anus. It can also increase blood flow to these areas.
Your child’s care team may order a sitz bath to:
The hospital care team will use these supplies for your child’s bath:
The steps to give your child a sitz bath include:
Do not use the whole package of povidone-iodine for a sitz bath. Too much may harm the skin.
If your child is allergic to povidone-iodine or if you have questions about sitz baths, talk to your child’s doctor or nurse.
Reviewed: September 2022