​Salt Water or Bleach Baths? Which Works for Eczema Treatments?

​Salt Water or Bleach Baths? Which Works for Eczema Treatments?

Jennie Lyon

If you have eczema children, odds are that you are very familiar with Wet Wrap Therapy. This form of eczema treatment involves giving your eczema children a lukewarm bath every night before bed, then patting them dry, putting an eczema-safe moisturizer or ointment on them, and putting them in a damp eczema wrap, like our Eczema Rescue Suits or Eczema Gloves. Wet Wrap Therapy will help protect their skin throughout the night, locking in the moisture and giving them a chance to heal. Many parents want to know if there’s anything else they can do to help their children get through the night without discomfort. Well, let’s take a look at the “bath” part of Wet Wrap Therapy…

Bleach Baths

Bleach kills bacteria, which is perfect if you have a skin condition that can easily get infected like eczema. Of course, bleach is also corrosive and poisonous in large quantities so we don’t generally think it’s safe to bathe in it. But it is, especially if you have eczema!

The trick is to properly dilute the bleach in a large amount of water so it’s safe to bathe in while also killing the bacteria. Generally, we recommend adding about a ½ cup of bleach to around 40 gallons of water. Do not use concentrated bleach, just use the regular old household stuff.

Even if the bleach is diluted, keep a close eye on your eczema child to make sure that they don’t drink any of the water. The bleach in the water should help sooth their eczema, help reduce itchiness and irritation, and even relieve redness of the skin. Keep the bath reasonably short, around 10 minutes, and make sure the water is not hot. You want lukewarm water to help soothe their skin and not irritate it further.

After their bath, you should also give them a quick rinse to get any residue off their skin. You can simply do this in the shower. After that, continue with Wet Wrap Therapy as usual.

Salt-Water Baths

We’ve talked about how salt water can have absolutely incredible effects on eczema in the past, but we’ve primarily been talking about the ocean or salt-water lakes. Salt-water baths can do the exact same thing, and even better, you can control the salt content of the water, just in case there’s too much salt in it for your eczema child.

If your eczema child has a bad flare-up, getting into salt water can sting. A lot. This is good, in a way, as it is killing any bacteria and prevent infection. However, it can also be quite painful, and if you have a smaller eczema child, it might be too much for them. Explore different salt levels in the water to find out what they can tolerate. When you hit the magic level, stick with it.

Also, just like with bleach baths, make sure that you rinse your eczema child after their bath, as you don’t want any salt residue on their skin after they dry off. This can be very drying to the skin, so best avoid it.

Oatmeal Baths

Oatmeal Baths are one of our favorite things. It’s been well known for hundreds of years that oatmeal has a soothing effect on the skin, and it can greatly help with itchiness.

One of our favorite jokes to make when telling people about oatmeal baths is that you shouldn’t jump in with a bag of Instant Oats and a scoop of brown sugar! Instead, you want to use ground oatmeal. You can make your own with a food processor or, if you want it very, very fine, buy it pre-ground. If you go with this method, make sure that it is pure and there aren’t a ton of other chemicals and moisturizers in it that could be potential eczema triggers.

And, again, make sure that you give your eczema children a good rinse after getting out!

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