Baths for Eczema - 7 Tips for Quick Relief

Baths for Eczema - 7 Tips for Quick Relief

Anne Fairchild McVey

Baths for Eczema Provide Quick Relief for Child Eczema.

Soaking eczema is a great way to provide relief and wash off eczema triggers from the day. In the course of a day, children come in contact with many eczema triggers including pet dander, dust, pollen, food and even leftover remains of laundry detergent on clothing. Bathing a child at the end of the day is a great way to rinse off the day and all the irritants they have come in contact with.  Bathing also prepares the skin for moisturizers and when applied while the skin is still damp, can really penetrate and heal the skin barrier. Below are some tips for bathing children with eczema to get the most out of this tried and true ritual.

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Soak the child for at least 10 minutes. Put the child in the tub with toys and pour water over the child's neck and shoulders.  Use cleanser/shampoo sparingly and make sure it has the National Eczema Association's Seal of Acceptance.  Many over the counter body washes and shampoos contain eczema irritants. Also, use warm water as hot water strips the skin of natural oils.

Bleach Baths for Eczema:  

Many parents have found wonderful relief for their child's eczema (especially eczema prone to infection) with bleach baths.  If the word bleach scares you off - think of a swimming pool. It is a small amount of bleach or really chlorine. Dosing is:  ¼ cup of bleach for a half bath (approximately 75 liters of water), ½ cup of bleach for a full bath (approximately 150 liters of water), 1 teaspoon for a gallon of water.  Use regular strength bleach without fragrances. Please read this great article on bleach baths for eczema at

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Apple Cider Vinegar Baths

If you just can't do bleach in your baby's bath, Apple Cider Vinegar is a great alternative and many eczema sufferers report amazing relief from Apple Cider Vinegar baths. Use 2 cups of ACV in warm bath water if using a tub. Use 4 tsp. per gallon if using a baby tub. Here is a great article on Apple Cider Vinegar Baths for eczema

Salt Baths for Eczema

Many eczema sufferers see an improvement to their skin after a visit to the ocean in the summer.  The National Eczema Association Recommends 1-2 cups table salt in a warm bath. You can also try sea salt or epsom salt. You may want to start with 1/2 a cup of salt and build up but it will take 5-10 days to see an improvement and you need to do it regularly. Visit this link for more information on Salt Baths for Eczema

Oatmeal Bath.

An oatmeal bath is a classic remedy that soothes the itch, brings down inflammation and has moisturizing properties. Oatmeal baths were known to help the itch of chicken pox before immunizations made this disease disappear. Now this tried and true method can be used with great success for eczema flares.

Below are 8 Simple Steps for an Oatmeal Bath for Eczema

  1. Purchase a Nut Milk Bag. These are available on-line at Amazon, Target or Bed Bath and Beyond. You can skip this step but it prevents a mess in your tub.
  2. Take 1 cup oats and put into a food processor and blend on medium high for 1 minute.
  3. Add blended oats to nut milk bag.
  4. Full tub with lukewarm water and add the bag to the water.
  5. Soak in the tub for 15 minutes.
  6. After 15 minutes rinse off well and pat dry with a clean towel.
  7. Immediately apply an eczema emollient.
  8. Dress in eczema clothing.
  9. For extra relief try adding 1/2 cup epsom salt or coconut oil.

The bottom line is that, unless your child has a trigger related to oatmeal, an oatmeal bath will not hurt them and can provide amazing relief.  Here's a link to more information on Oatmeal Baths for Eczema

How To Use Baking Soda To Treat Eczema

  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.
  3. After soaking your child, rinse them well with clean water
  4. Towel them off and apply an eczema emollient within 2 minutes
  5. Dress your child in eczema clothing to further reduce itching and keep emollients in place overnight.

Moisturize Immediately

Remove the child from the tub and gently pat skin dry and immediately apply an emollient such as Vaniply. Applying an emollient immediately after a bath while the skin is still damp will seal moisture into the dry, cracked skin. Vaniply is recommended by most allergists and dermatologists.

Dress with Eczema Clothing

Specialty eczema clothing is designed to wear over thick emollients to keep it in place and provide itch relief.  They are also a great barrier to protect healing skin from rough fabrics and irritants.

Consider Wet Wrap Therapy

Wet wrap therapy for eczema is proven to decrease eczema symptoms by 71% when done correctly.  It also brings down inflammation, calms the itch and provides more restful sleep. Below is a diagram for proper wet wrap therapy. Parents report amazing results with wet wrap therapy after just one treatment. Wet wrap therapy garments make wet wrap therapy quick, easy and extremely effective.