Salt Baths for Treating Baby and Child Eczema

Salt Baths for Treating Baby and Child Eczema

Anne Fairchild McVey

Salt Baths Can Soothe Eczema and Bring Down Itching and Inflammation.

The National Eczema Association recommends salt baths for eczema. Many eczema sufferers report a decrease in itching, inflammation and redness. These same individuals may also find relief enjoying a soak at the ocean.

Salt is natural and therapeutic and has a cleansing effect. If your baby or child suffers from eczema, salt baths can be a natural and effective way to successfully treat their eczema. Salt baths must be accompanied with daily skin maintenance. See below for salt bath instructions for a child with eczema.

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  1. Choose your salt: dead sea salt for eczema, table salt, sea salt or epsom salt.
  2. Prepare a warm tub.
  3. Add the salt:  2 cups for a full bath, 1 cup for a half bath, and an 1/8 cup for a baby bath.
  4. Soak your baby or child in the warm salt bath for 10-20 minutes.
  5. Remove the child from the tub and pat dry - do not rub.
  6. Immediately apply an eczema emollient.
  7. Dress the child in eczema clothing. Eczema clothing stops the itch and keeps emollients in place for effective treatment.

This process should be done daily.  You will need to be patient, salt baths take 10 days to see a difference in the eczema.

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