Are wipes or wash cloths better for cleaning the diaper area?

Updated: Nov 09, 2018
  • Author: Rania Dib, MD; Chief Editor: Kirsten A Bechtel, MD  more...
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Parents should be taught how to clean the diaper area.

  • Excessive scrubbing should be avoided.

  • Instead, urine can be rinsed away with warm tap water and feces can be removed with warm water and mild nonperfumed soap.

  • A clinically controlled trial was completed by Adam. [5] It compared the use of infant wipes and the traditionally recognized as the golden cleansing practice, water and wash cloth. The result was in favor of the infant wipes because water has a polar nature that limits its ability to remove lipophilic substances from the skin and because water is incapable of any pH buffering action. A similar study was completed by Ehretsmann et al. [20]


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