- Has a cleansing effect on skin
- Is naturally antiseptic
- Reduces inflammation
- Balances pH
- Has a detoxifying effect to the skin
- Can decrease bacteria
Baking Soda Baths for Eczema
Baking soda is the most common household ingredient. Many don't realize it is also a wonderful natural remedy for eczema, especially for stubborn child eczema. Baking soda has healing and anti-itch properties that make it perfect as a bath additive. Below are simple instructions on bathing a baby, toddler or child with eczema in baking soda.
What Is Baking Soda?
Baking Soda versus Baking Powder
Please make sure you are using Baking Soda. Baking powder can be harmful to individuals with skin issues and should not be used for bathing. Baking powder is not suitable for bathing.
Baking soda contains sodium bicarbonate, which is a mineral that behaves like a salt. Baking soda added to a bath can relieve itching and help with more restful sleep if done in the evening.
Baking soda's benefits for eczema are listed below:
Baking soda can also be mixed with salt such as Epsom salt to increasing its cleansing, detoxifying and its ability to reduce inflammation. Oatmeal can also be added to reduce itching.
1. Draw a lukewarm bath and add ¼ cup of baking soda.
2. Mix baking soda well and place your child in the tub to soak for at least 10 minutes. Add Epsom salt and oatmeal for added results. Here are two articles on salt baths and oatmeal baths for eczema. http://www.adrescuewear.com/blog/oatmeal-baths-for... http://www.adrescuewear.com/blog/salt-baths-for-tr...
3. After soaking your child, rinse them well with clean water
4. Towel them off and apply aneczema emollient within 2 minutes
5. Dress your child in eczema clothing to further reduce itching and keep emollients in place overnight