The Use of Peri Bottle for Postpartum Care

A Peri bottle, also called a Perineal Irrigation Bottle, is an essential tool for postpartum care. Despite that, many first-time mothers don’t know what it is or what it’s used for. In fact, it is a plastic bottle designed for squeezing liquid (commonly warm water) for hygiene purposes.  

It’s commonly around 9 inches in length. The size usually varies due to the type of nozzle being used. You’ll notice measurement markings on each bottle. 

Why is it an important hygiene product? 

Giving birth to a child isn’t easy. Once your baby is born, you’ll end up feeling a lot of pain and swelling in your perineum (the area between the birth canal and the anus), especially if there’s a tear, during the first few weeks after childbirth.  

This discomfort increases when you have to go to the bathroom. Urination is accompanied by a stinging sensation and exerting force for bowel movement comes with the fear of breaking stitches. 

Using a Peri bottle helps mothers treat the pain they experience. It is also useful for cleaning the perineum due to vaginal discharge. It is a far better postpartum care tool to use than soft tissue paper. 

How to Use it?  

A Peri bottle is easy to use. Follow these steps: 

  1. Remember to wash your hands before beginning perineal care.  
  2. Fill the bottle with warm water. Some people also infuse the water with certain herbs. 
  3. Sit on the toilet and use the bottle to rinse your perineum. Make sure that the water is going from your front to the back. 
  4. Use soft toilet paper to pat yourself dry. 
  5. Wash your hands and the bottle. 

Two different types of bottles 

The two main different peri bottle types available on the market include: 

  • Standard No-Nozzle: This one looks similar to a sports water bottle. It doesn’t have a nozzle for easy positioning. 
  • With Nozzle: The nozzle of such a bottle is tilted at an angle that allows for better aim during the washing process.