Your children's bath
time is one of the best times of their day. The bubbles, the
splashing and all the empty bottles that transform into bath toys.
They can stay in there for ages!
If your child is an
eczema sufferer then bath time can be a little stressful. It may also
need some forward planning, but it can still be fun for your little
How Often Should You
Bathe Your Child?
There seems to be two
trains of thought on this. Some say that it does no harm to give your
child a daily bath. Others say that two or three times a week is
better, as frequent bathing can cause more damage to the skin.
Babies don't tend to
get too dirty. You may find that you can just use a flannel and water
on the days between bathing.
Keeping the skin clean
is important when your child has eczema. It removes any dirt or other
irritants from the skin. It also clears away dead skin cells.
Removing these can help the skin to absorb topical treatments.
Cleaning can also
reduce the number of bacteria on the skin. The bacteria Staph aureus
can cause eczema to become infected. The infection makes it tougher
to treat the eczema, and the symptoms are more severe and stubborn.
As children get older
they start getting a little messier! Food, drink, playing, you name
it they find a way to get dirty with it!
You may need to start
giving them more frequent baths. There are some things you can do to
reduce the effect that your children's bath time can have on eczema.
Making Bath Time
More Eczema Friendly
- Use warm water. Hot
water strips the skin of it's natural oils
- Make the bath no longer
than 15 minutes. Water has a drying effect on the skin, so being in
the bath for longer than that may cause the skin to dry and break
- Use bath products that
don't irritate the skin. A lot of products that go in the bath, and
shampoos contain chemicals, preservatives and fragrances that can
irritate eczema. Even some products labelled as safe for babies and
children contain them
- Use a special bath
preparation. There are a number of products that are marketed to be
used in the bath if you have eczema. Check the ingredients before
using, as they may contain something that irritates your skin. You
can also use your favourite emollient in the bath. Just be aware that
they can make the bottom of the bath very slippery, so a bath mat may
be a good investment. They can also make your child very slippery!
- Clean the bath before your children's bath time. This is especially important if any family members use
chemically filled products. You'll be able to clear any residue away
before filling it with water
- Use a soft cleaning
cloth. Avoid using loofahs, dry flannels or anything else that will
cause further damage to the skin
Natural Products To Use
In The Bath
- Oatmeal – A great
natural moisturiser. It also helps to relieve itching and reduce
inflammation. You can make your own oatmeal bath bomb. Cut off the
foot part of a pair of tights. Fill it with some rolled oats and tie
the top so it's pulled tight. After you've run a bath place it in the
water for around 10-15 minutes before your child gets in. You can
also use colloidal oatmeal, very fine ground oatmeal, directly in the
bath. Add it to the water under a running tap and mix well
- Coconut oil – The
main benefits of coconut oil are it's anti-inflammatory and
antibacterial properties. It is also a super moisturiser. You can add
some to a warm bath, making sure that it is mixed well. It is also a
great choice as an after bath moisturiser. Apply a small amount to
the skin and massage gently into the skin
- Lavender oil – It
soothes the skin as well as relaxing the body. This can help your
child to get a better nights sleep, especially if bath time is in the
evening. Mix one or two drops to the bath and mix well
There are other oils
that are safe to use during your children's bath time
The Best Way To Wash
When they are still a
baby you may get away with just using water to rinse their hair. If
your little one has cradle cap you can read more about it, here.
If you want to use some
to wash the hair then look for a product that doesn't contain a whole
list of chemicals, especially sodium lauryl
You can also try using
a natural organic product in the bath that can also be used to wash
your child's hair.
After Your Children's
happens after your children's bath time can be just as important as
the actual bathing.
your baby in a soft, cotton towel. Gently pat them dry to remove any
excess water, especially on areas that are affected by eczema, as
rubbing can cause further skin damage
the skin is damp apply some of their emollient. Doing it while the
skin is still damp can help to keep some of the moisture in the skin
they are dry you can apply emollient again...you can never apply to
is also important to think about theproducts you use to clean the
bath. If you're just cleaning the bath after your child has been in
then you may find that a damp cloth will do the job
recently heard about microfiber cloths. They are great for cleaning
all over the home. Because of how they are made you don't have to use
cleaning products with them. I haven't tried one yet, but once I do
I'll let you know what I think.
you'd still like to use a cleanser then you can try making this
¾ cup of baking soda, ¼ of liquid soap, ¼ cup of water and 1
tablespoon of white wine vinegar in a spray bottle
the lid on and shake well to mix
on the bath and use as normal
important to make your children's bath time as safe for their skin as
possible, but it's also as important to make it fun for them.
are a great distraction, especially as a lot of products that are
safe to use in the bath don't produce bubbles.
are a lot easier to amuse than older children, and just splashing
them with water keeps them smiling. Though if you make bath time too
much fun for older children you might find that they want to stay in
there longer than they should!
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