Domeboro soaks (1503)

Key points below

Reason for prescribing

Domeboro soaks (compresses) help relieve itching and minor skin irritation.  They also help loosen up crusted areas on the skin.

Description of the medicine

Making a Domeboro® soak solution

Make enough Domeboro® soak solution for: 

One treatment.  Throw unused solution away by pouring it down the sink.
One day (24 hours).  Solution not used within one day should be thrown away.  Pour unused solution down the sink.

Gather these supplies:

Domeboro® medicine:
Tablets:  Use _____ tablet(s). 
Powder:  Use ______ package(s).
Warm water
Clean large container for mixing the solution. 

Mix the solution: 

Follow the directions you were given by your child’s doctor or nurse.
1. Wash your hands.
2. Put the warm water into the clean container.
3. Add the Domeboro medicine.
4. Stir the solution so that the tablet or powder dissolves.

- Add one package or tablet to 2 cups of water for a 1:40 solution.
- Add 2 packages or tablets to 2 cups of water for a 1:20 solution.

Using a Domeboro soak® solution

Gather these supplies:

  Domeboro soak solution Towel or plastic sheet
Clean, soft cloth Large, clean bowl.  It needs to be big enough to hold some of the solution and the clean soft cloth.

Prepare and put on the Domeboro® soak:   

Put it on  _______ times per day
Leave the soak on your child for _______ minutes each time.
Continue the soaks for _______ days.
Follow these steps:
1. Put a towel or plastic sheet on the area where you are working.
2. Put your child, or the area of the child’s body to be treated on the towel or plastic sheet.
3. Pour the Domeboro® solution from the large container into the clean bowl.
4. Wash your hands.
5. Put the clean, soft cloth into the Domeboro® solution.  The cloth should get very wet with the solution.  When you pick it up, it should almost drip.
6. Put the cloth soaked in the Domeboro® solution on the area to be treated.  Do not wring out the cloth.  The cloth needs to be very wet.  If the cloth is not very wet, put it back into the solution as needed and reapply.
7. Discard the Domeboro® solution from the small bowl after each soak is done.  Do not pour it back into the larger container of Domeboro® solution.  Pour unused solution down the sink.

Special information

General information:
Do not give this medicine by mouth.
Do not use this medicine in or near the eyes.

Storage, refills and when to throw away:
Keep this medicine out of the reach of children.


Call your child’s doctor, nurse, or clinic if you have any questions or concerns or if your child has:

  • Skin that gets worse (more irritated).  Stop using the Domeboro® soaks until you are given more instructions by the doctor.
  • A fever of 101.2° F (38.5° C) or higher for more than two days or if the fever is not relieved by over-the-counter fever reducer medicine.
  • Special health care needs that were not covered by this information.