One of the simplest and most common ways that parents are dealing with staph and other infections associated with eczema flare ups are through bleach baths. While the name may sound a little scary, it’s actually a very gentle process that comes highly recommended by many parents and eczema experts. A bleach bath can be an effective and gentle way to help your child’s skin heal and strengthen while also keeping potentially harmful infections and flare ups away. Today, we’re going to look at what an eczema bleach bath is and how you can try it out in your own tub the easy way.
The Healing Power Of Bleach
As you probably already know, bleach gets to work killing germs and bacteria just about anywhere it’s applied. The same is true for the skin – the right amount of diluted bleach can be used to deliver the cleansing and purifying benefits of bleach to your child’s skin to help with a variety of complaints that focus on infections, lesions, oozing, and discomfort.
Since bleach works so hard at cleaning, a little bit goes a long way. Using the right amount of bleach in an eczema bleach bath will make the experience gentle and easy. Too much bleach and you’ll end up with strong fumes and possible chemical burns. Follow the easy instructions below to make sure you get it right every time with no fuss!
How To Draw An Eczema Bleach Bath
It is suggested that for your child to use bleach in a bath they should be able to be in a full size tub that is nearly filled with water. Supervision is essential when this is the case – especially for younger children.
Draw your bath like usual and work with as much water as is safe and comfortable for your child. Down the road you can add in your child’s favorite bath oils or suds, but the first few times you use a bleach bath you should do it on its own so that you can better measure the results you get from it.
Once the bath is drawn, gently swirl in ¼ cup of bleach for a half tub to ½ cup of bleach for a full tub. Make sure that the bleach gets mixed thoroughly into the water.
The average bath time should last between 5 and 10 minutes. Bleach doesn’t take long to get the job done, so longer isn’t always better. Start with a short bath of 5 minutes and increase the length of time only if you aren’t seeing results. The least amount of bleach and the shortest soak time should be used.
Make sure to thoroughly rinse off using clean, warm water after the bath.
After Your Bleach Bath
Making sure that your child’s skin is moisturized and dry after a bleach bath is extremely important. Bleach could leave your child’s delicate skin in a sensitive state, so make sure that you have a clean, warm towel and any favorite skin care items on hand for a post-bath TLC session.
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