Because this area is prone to infection, it must be cleaned at least daily, and more if your loved one suffers from incontinence. Typical times to perform peri-care include as part of daily bathing, after the use of the bedpan, and following episodes of incontinence.
Wash perineal area. Start with the upper, inner thighs. Wash genitals on the outside – front to back. Spread labia gently to wash inside, front to back, using separate corners of the washcloth for each stroke.
How to perform perineal care
Using a washcloth and warm water, gently clean the skin of the perineal area moving from front to back. Do not move from back to front due to the risk of introducing germs from the anal area into the urethra, a primary source of urinary tract infeaction.
This can result in infections such as bacterial vaginosis or thrush, which can cause symptoms including itching, irritation and abnormal discharge.
Clean their upper body, arms, and legs. Clean under and around their fingernails with a cotton bud or nail brush. Help them roll or turn as needed so you can thoroughly clean the patient’s back, genitals, and buttocks area with a towel or sponge. Be sure to clean within any folds and then dry those areas thoroughly.
How Should the Perineal Area be Washed?
The most common complication of a perineal laceration is bleeding. Most bleeding can be quickly controlled with pressure and surgical repair.  However, hematoma formation can lead to large amounts of blood loss in a very short time.
Cleanlife Products’ No-Rinse Peri-Wash is a perineal cleanser that gently and effectively cleans urine, emesis and fecal matter. This mild, convenient formula can be used as often as necessary.
You will need: 1-2 washcloths (take more if you need it) A container with warm water. Peri-wash products – We recommend this product called Sensi Care.
Perineal care is provided after an episode of incontinence, after using a bedpan, and as a part of daily bathing. Providing this care and observing the area helps patients avoid urinary tract infections and potentially larger health issues.