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Epidermolysis bullosa: Bathing recommendations

Your health team may give you special bathing instructions to help care for your child with epidermolysis bullosa. Follow the recommendations selected by your health care provider.

__ Pool salts

Pool salts added to the bath water can make bathing more comfortable.

  • You can obtain inexpensive pool salts from, pool stores, hardware stores, or box stores.
  • For tub bathing, add one pound, which is two cups of pool salts to 40 gallons of water, which is half of a normal bathtub.
  • For baby bath tubs, add 2.5 teaspoons of pool salt to each gallon of water.
  • You do not need to rinse skin with warm water after bathing with pool salts but you can if you want.

__ Bleach baths

If bleach baths are recommended, here is how you do a bleach bath:

  • Fill a standard tub half full of water and add ¼ cup of standard bleach NOT concentrated and swirl it into the water.
  • For baby bath tubs, use two teaspoons of bleach per one gallon of water.
  • Rinse skin with warm water after a bleach bath.

__ Vinegar baths

If vinegar (acetic acid) baths are recommended, here is how you do a vinegar bath:

  • Fill standard tube half full of water and add 2 gallons of 5% vinegar.
  • For a baby bath tub, use one part 3% vinegar to 12 parts water or one part 5% vinegar to 20 parts of water.


This information is not specific to your child. If you have questions, contact your clinic or health care provider.

Reviewed by Skin Integrity Team 9/2016

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