shaving cream to clean dirty butts?? - page 2

Does anyone out there still use shaving cream to clean peri areas of stool, or to refresh smelly feet? A hospital around here has been using it for years (it works great) but doesn't know where this... Read More

  1. by   boulergirl
    This might be a good idea for a couple of our residents. There's nothing worse than having to clean a super-hairy man's butt when it's full of pasty poo. So what does the shaving cream do? Does it help the poo separate from the hair easily? Is it safe to use on the testicle area as well? (I know this area can be sensitive, though. We had a resident whose family members had done peri-care on him using Lac-Hydrin, then wondered why his balls were red and raw. They had no idea the stuff had alpha-hydroxy in it, the same stuff Mom uses on her face as an exfoliant!)
  2. by   LoraLou
    I've not used it on dirty butts but i have used it for stinky feet and pits. It works like a charm.
  3. by   pedseducator
    Yes, I have used shaving cream for butts and found it not drying at all since there are moisturizers in the products. Of, course we rinse with water. The families and patients seem to like it as well.
  4. by   DarciaMoonz
    As a CNA/nursing student I have seen shaving cream used too for this purpose, I have tried it a few times at work, but never in the clinical setting with my instructor (I would get written up for sure, yikes). It does work wonders especially for really foul smelling BMs, or those who just for whatever reason have bad BO. I am not sure what shaving cream is, but it seems like a type of foaming soap in a can, hmmmm.....
  5. by   Jessy_RN
    I had never heard of this, so it sure is interesting.
  6. by   MamaTheNurse
    Quote from michelle126
    colgate is the brand we use and it works like wonders.
    that's the brand we have too
  7. by   Bipley
    Quote from Cute_CNA
    Something to consider: if the skin is chafed and the shaving cream has alcohol in it, it might hurt quite a bit!
    True, butt butter is better.

    Edit to add: Butt Buttered Buns are Better Buttered Buns... Dare anyone to make that longer. LOL
    Last edit by Bipley on Dec 21, '05
  8. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Nope. Always used that Aloe Vesta foam stuff.
  9. by   GPatty
    I remember the shaving cream from many years ago as a CNA...worked like a charm and smelled good too!
  10. by   truern
    The Queen of Clean says that shaving cream is just whipped soap. It also contains moisturizers and sometimes aloe. Heck, I'd try it
  11. by   Daytonite
    Boy! Does this bring back memories! We were using this when I was an aide in the early 1970's to clean behinds. It works great! We also used to put a thin layer of Lanolin cream or Vaseline Intensive care lotion, when we had it, on butts after cleaning them. Helped getting the stool off easily the next time on rounds. These were much better than using soap and water which is drying to the skin.
  12. by   veronica butterfly
    I learned of this practice when I was a NA in an ICU. It works great for really dirty feet, just helps the dirt come off. We'd put a little shaving cream in all the baths for male patients-- It just makes the male patients smell better so when their loved ones are close, they don't just smell the hospital smells.

    We also put a little baby shampoo in a lot of the bath water.
  13. by   gwenith
    I have used pure hand cream to clean diarrhoea. One of the reasons for rapid breakdown in patients with constant diarrhoea (or as one student put it - dire rear!) is the removal of the natural skin oils with the constant washing. ANYTHING that puts those oils back where they belong is a good thing. Any cream (as long as it is a gentle one) will do - just put the cream straight on the cloth and use that instead of water - works a treat and reduces breakdown. However I personally am a HUGE fan of Cavilon "Cavacare" wipes that leave a film on the skin.