If your child has eczema, bleach bath therapy might be beneficial, especially if their skin battles constant infections. Don't be frightened by the word bleach. It may sound awful but using a small amount of bleach in a bathtub can cut down on bacteria found on your child's eczema and prevent or minimize infection. At AD RescueWear, we want you to visit reliable resources for understanding bleach bath therapy for eczema. Always discuss bleach bath therapy with your child's doctor before attempting at home. Below is reliable information from the American Academy of Dermatology.
Eczema: Bleach Bath Therapy
If your child’s dermatologist recommends bleach baths, please follow the below steps for bleach bath therapy:
- Do not use concentrated bleach - Use regular strength – 6% – bleach for the bath.
- Use a measuring cup or measuring spoon to add the bleach to the bath. Adding too much bleach to the bath can irritate your children’s skin. Adding too little bleach may not be effective on the eczema.
- Measure the amount of bleach before adding it to the bath water. For a full bathtub of water, use a half cup of bleach. For a half-full tub of water, add a quarter cup of bleach. For a baby or toddler bathtub, add one teaspoon of bleach per gallon of water.
- Never apply bleach directly to your child’s eczema. While the tub is filling, pour the bleach into the water. Be sure to wait until the bath is fully drawn and bleach is poured before your child enters the tub.
- Talk with your dermatologist about how long your child should soak in the tub. Most dermatologists recommend a five- to 10-minute soak.
- Pat your child’s skin dry after the bath. If your child uses eczema medication, apply it immediately after the bath. Then moisturize your child’s skin.
- Immediately apply an emollient such as Vaniply.
- Consider using a dry wrap over the emollient to lock in the moisture and help repair the skin barrier.
Talk with a board-certified dermatologist before beginning bleach bath therapy with your child. If you have questions or concerns about caring for your child’s eczema, you should make an appointment to see a dermatologist.
To visit the American Academy of Dermatology please visit http://www.aad.org/dermatology-a-to-z/diseases-and-treatments/a---d/atopic-dermatitis/eczema-bleach-bath-therapy
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