The use of a pectin-based barrier between tape and skin as a method of minimizing epidermal stripping while keeping monitoring equipment and other devices securely attached to infants was evaluated. From 45 subjects, 199 application/removal procedures were recorded. The pectin-based barrier under tape held appliances securely for an average of 5.5 days (range 1-23 days). In 72% of the observations, the barrier was removed for nonadhesive-related reasons. Skin condition remained grossly normal in 97% of the observations after the barrier removal. A pectin-based barrier under tape provides effective adhesion for certain appliances and protects neonatal skin from damage caused by tape removal.