Wow, that is really interesting. Is his eczema still giving him a problem? I'd certainly patch test first, but it sounds like it is worth a try. The only thing that would worry me is that Elizabeth got a rash the only time I used a little bit of bleach in the diapers. I did hear another mom say that her son's eczema cleared up after he went swimming daily in a chlorinated pool and that is sort of the same thing.
I really don't know much about it or have any experience... but it does make some sense!
He is having a very bad flare up right now. Been about 2 weeks and I am willing to almost try anything. but the word bleach Really scares me.
HmmmI would hesitate to do a bath - but maybe a sponge bath. Depends on if he licks his bath toys/drinks bath water.I agree - I'd try a patch test first.
I think this article is very interesting and surprising....I haven't heard of this before, but of course, my son has a very mild case of eczema that can be "cured" quickly after a flareup. We use aquaphor and that tends to stop it right away. He does not have the kind that opens up. I would be hesitate to but bleach - no matter how diluted - on an open wound. The thing it does not say is how much water to how much bleach (although it said half a cup) but to how much water? I like the chlorinated pool thing - but it is fall now...Good Luck !
I haven't heard of this before and I deal with eczema. It's lately taken over the entire palm of my right hand and the instep on my right foot. Those are the worst areas at the moment and any small stress makes the flareup even worse. I'd ask your pediatrician before doing it, get the doc's input. it's just 1/4 cup in a bathtub of water, so I'm not sure how much bad it could do. Just watch out for diaper rash or any open sore - it'll sting no matter how small the content.
I have dealt with eczema my entire life - it was horrible as a child. I have never heard of this.
1/4 cup in a whole tub full isn't much at all. But you could always try 1/8th cup at first.. esp since he's so sensitive. Or ask your Doctor about it. We swim in a chlorine derivative like bleach at a higher concentration in pools.My friend used to swim in her Aunt's pool after she "shocked" it (I know.. really bad) b/c she swore it helped her eczema for a while.I have that crap and MAN do I hate it. But it's gotten so much better with this pregnancy.
Wow, that was a really interesting article. It's definitely not something I would've thought of before, but it makes sense that it would work. My only concern would be the amount of bleach gets absorbed into the bloodstream and whether that's harmful. But that is just amazing that it works so well.
Wow the word bleach would scare me too. I have eczema too and I don't think I would even try that for myself. I use Aven.no lotion and apply it daily. There are non sterodial creams out there - dovo.nex is what I use it works well. I use Al.l Free and clear, and also bount.y Free and clear dryer sheets. Check with a pediatric dermo 1st I would say.Keep in mind alot of clothing companies use pesticides in there products to keep them fresh in shipping. Shoes included.
My sister and friend both use manuka honey...http://www.manuka-honey-eczema.com/it's also available on amazon.One of the very well respected holistic dr's in the area recommended it. Let me know if you try it.
It's probably no different than a pool. I'd try it. I am sorry that you are dealing with this. : (
I have two friends whose children participated in a bleach-bath study for eczema. Both of them swear by it. They were in different studies and the concentrations of bleach to water was very low in both. What does your ped think? Has MT seen a dermatologist yet?
My friends 3 year old had really bad eczema that was very itchy and irritated. She started telling me about giving him bleach baths a few weeks ago and that it was making a huge difference. I would talk to your doctor and start doing it. Seems like a good solution for a lot of kids.
Haven't heard from you in a while Farah -- just stopping by to say hello and wish you all well!XOP
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