Bleach Bath Treatment for Eczema

Eczema in Babies and Children

In a study published in the May 2009 issue of Pediatrics, researchers tested various treatments on children from ages 6 months to 17 years old with severe eczema.

They found that soaking in a diluted bleach bath for five to ten minutes twice a week, was five times more effective at treating eczema than plain water (used by the placebo group). The improvement was so dramatic that the researchers stopped the study early to allow children in the placebo group to benefit from the method, according to the senior author of the study, Amy S. Paller, M.D.

Other medical professionals agree, stating that it is a safe and easy treatment – much like a freshly chlorinated swimming pool which serves to kill germs. In this case, the bleach water is helpful for children with skin infections related to eczema, making the eczema easier to treat.

Make Your Own Bleach Bath

  • Paller recommends two teaspoons of bleach per gallon of bathwater (or 1/2 cup per full tub) at least twice a week.
  • Mix the bleach in the water before putting your child in the tub (you don’t want undiluted bleach to get on your child’s skin).
  • Make sure your child doesn’t drink the water.
  • Rise off briefly afterward, to get rid of the bleach smell.
  • Remember to the skin dry (don’t rub) and apply moisturizer to keep skin soft.

Since the study, thousands of eczema suffers have benefited from this simple treatment.   This is an effective, proven, and inexpensive treatment that helps relieve the symptoms of eczema and aid in its treatment.   For just pennies a day, you too, can bring relief to your child.

Parents, for more information on caring for a child with Eczema, visit Parent’s online magazine where mothers of babies with Eczema discuss their own experience and provide real-life tips on coping with Eczema on a daily basis.

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Resources:

Paller, Amy S. Pediatrics:  May 2009, VOLUME 123 / ISSUE Supplement 4;

 

Comments

  1. Katie D says:

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  2. HealthySkinSolutions says:

    MarcieMom:

    We appreciate your comment – it’s a tough issue for parents to deal with. We love your blog and will link it on this article – the more information for parents, the better.