In the study that is cited, children with eczema were bathed in water or in a bleach solution. And the study found that the children who bathed in the bleach solution “had big improvements”.
If you have eczema, your skin does not retain moisture. So you need to use an emulsifying ointment.
The old thinking was not to bathe at all. People believed that baths dried out the skin.
Nowadays the advice is to bathe in tepid water, with emulsifying ointment. The emulsifying ointment helps the skin absorb and retain moisture.
Sometimes if your child’s eczema flares up, he will scratch, and sometimes his skin will be broken. The study found that a bath in a weak bleach solution could help prevent infection.
No surprise to the eczema community. We have known about this household remedy for years. Bleach is a much better choice than continually using antibiotics. Duh.
But bleach will also dry out the skin. There needs to be an emulsifier in the bath.
I'm concerned that the results of the study might lead parents to think that they should bathe their itchy kids in a bleach solution.
What about the emulsifying ointment? It's never mentioned.
Unfortunately there was no place to comment on the story. Hence bloggy rant.
Emulsifying ointment, people. That is all.