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Everyday tips

Bathing and swimming

  • Your child may take a bath or shower with or without the ostomy appliance.
  • All of the ostomy materials are waterproof. If your child bathes with the appliance in place, gently dry it with a towel or a hairdryer set to low or medium temperature.
  • The skin on the inside of the stoma is fragile; it may bleed slightly when touched.
  • Wash the skin around the stoma gently with warm water.
  • Do not use soap or oil-based products; they may leave a residue on the skin that prevents the skin barrier from sticking well around the stoma.
  • Do not use scented or chemically based products on the stoma; these can irritate or damage the skin.
  • Do not use baby wipes, baby oil, powders, ointments or lotions on the skin around the stoma.
  • If you still wish to use a cleanser other than warm water, select a mild, unscented soap (eg, “Dove”) or a gentle hypoallergenic cleanser (eg, “Spectro®” or “Cetaphil®”).
  • Rinse and dry the skin around the stoma before applying the skin barrier.
  • Your child may go swimming, with the collection bag on. Thoroughly dry after swimming, as indicated above.

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