How hot? When bathing babies and children check the water temperature beforehand. It can be misleading using your hand to test the temperature of bath water as the skin on the palms is tougher than the rest of your body. To test if bath water is at a suitable temperature, put your elbow into the water. The bath water should not feel uncomfortably hot or too cold.
Taking bleach baths two to three times per week is thought to reduce inflammation and the risk of developing staph infections by safely decreasing bacteria on the skin. This bleach bath recipe has the same level of chlorine in your average swimming pool.
Things to remember:
DO NOT use excessively hot or cold water
DO NOT add any other products or ingredients to the bath
DO NOT soak for longer than 15 minutes
DO NOT submerge your head or face under the water
DO consult with your health care provider first before trying a bleach bath or giving one to your child for the first time
Fill bath tub with lukewarm water Add 1/2 cup bleach for a full standard-size bathtub of water (approx. 40 gallons); 1/4 cup for a half bathtub of water (approx. 20 gallons); 2 tablespoons for a baby bathtub (approx. 4 gallons) Get in and soak for 10 minutes Rinse o completely with warm tap water Proceed with daily skin care routine
Baby Bath recipes
For bacterial infections and healing of lesions: Add 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to a lukewarm baby sized bath. Bathe your bub for approximately 5 minutes. Pat skin semi-dry (allowing some moisture to remain), then apply moisturiser or a thick barrier cream to affected areas.
For severely itchy skin: Add 2 table-spoons of bicarb of soda to a lukewarm bath. Bathe for 10 minutes. Afterwards, pat skin semi-dry and apply moisturiser or a thick barrier cream.
For dry, flaky, itchy skin: Add 1 capful (1 teaspoon) of oil/oil blend to a luke- warm bath. Suitable oils include emu oil, olive oil, jojoba oil and evening primrose oil. Bathe for 10 minutes. Pat skin semi-dry afterwards and apply a moisturiser or barrier cream to affected areas.
Evening primrose oil is used as an example in this recipe, however you can test a range of oils to see which one is best for your skin.
1 teaspoon evening primrose oil or oil of choice (for a child’s bath: 1 capsule, pierced) 1 tablespoon of your favourite emollient/moisturiser
Mix ingredients together (the moisturiser helps the oil to diffuse more easily) and then disperse it into a warm bath. Bathe for 5–10 minutes.
Bathing in the ocean can help promote healing of the skin so if you live near the sea (and can brave the sting), have a swim. Alternatively, have a salt bath using Epsom salts which are rich in magnesium. This salt bath is mild but it still may sting. This recipe is suitable for adults.
1⁄4 cup Epsom salts
1⁄4 cup sea salt (use less if desired)
Add the salts to a warm bath and briefly dissolve the crystals. Soak for 10 minutes. Rinse off the salt with water, pat the skin semi-dry and moisturise immediately.