Epsom salt has a variety of medicinal benefits that can work, even in your children. But take these precautions before putting it in your child’s bath
Is Epsom Salt Bath Safe For Babies?
Epsom salt is safe for the baby only if:
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- You use the right amount.
- It is used the right way.
- It is pure (Always buy pure Epsom salt from reputable dealers).
- Your pediatrician has approved it.
Is Epsom Salt The Same As Table Salt?
They look the same, but they are not. Table salt is sodium sulfate, while Epsom salt is magnesium sulfate. The magnesium in Epsom salt is the key to its success.
How To Use Epsom Salt Safely In Your Child’s Bath
You will need warm water in a basin or bathtub, pure Epsom salt (without any additives, like fragrances or oils), and a towel. You can add baking soda to the bath.
- Add 1 to 2 cups of your Epsom salt to the warm water and let it dissolve. To know whether the mixture is perfect, run your fingers through the mixture. If it feels a little soapy, it is perfect. If you include baking soda, add a ¼ cup.
- Then sit your child in the solution. Let her soak for about 12 to 20 minutes.
- Pull her out and of the water and pat her dry.
- Do not rinse her with fresh water.
- If the Epsom salt bath is meant to relieve eczema, apply a moisturizer immediately after the bath.
Safety Precautions When Using Epsom Salt Baths
- Consult your doctor before using Epsom salt baths for your child.
- When you give the first Epsom salt bath, look for your child’s reactions through a patch test. In case they are allergic, discontinue the use. If all is good, ease your child into the salt bath routine. Start with one every week then gradually increase the frequency. Limit the use of Epsom salt baths to thrice a week at most.
- Don’t soak your child before all the salt has dissolved.
- Do not exceed the amount of Epsom salt in the bath. Follow the doctor’s advice or the manufacturer’s recommendation.
- Don’t use hot water.
- Please don’t leave your child in the Epsom salt bath unsupervised because she might drink the mixture. Doing so might cause diarrhea.
- Do not soak your child for too long. It might lead to flushed skin, headache, nausea, or lightheadedness.
- Excessive use of Epsom salt can lead to skin irritation.
Benefits Of Epsom Salt Baths For Your Child
Magnesium is involved in so many body functions. These are the benefits your baby will derive from Epsom salt baths.
The magnesium in Epsom salt makes it an excellent anti-inflammatory agent.
Improves Bone Health
Magnesium helps in the formation of healthy bones. It also helps in the absorption of calcium, which is necessary for healthy bones.
Improves Blood Circulation
Magnesium keeps the blood vessels dilated (open), which allows blood to flow. Magnesium is used to lower blood pressure for this reason. Magnesium is also essential in maintaining heartbeats. A heartbeat is a cycle of heart muscle contraction and relaxation. Calcium stimulates contraction, while magnesium stimulates relaxation.
Magnesium relaxes muscles, which reduces the risk of injury. This is why athletes and sportspeople take magnesium supplements. It prevents muscle cramps and soreness.
The sulfate ions help to remove dead skin (exfoliation). Magnesium improves skin cells repair and regulates the growth of new skin. Epsom salt baths alongside other medications can help to manage psoriasis. Magnesium also strengthens the skin.
Epsom salt bath will relieve skin irritation from sunburn. The anti-inflammatory and exfoliating properties help to soothe and repair the skin.
Regular Epsom salt baths and moisturizers will significantly improve your child’s skin if they have eczema. You should moisturize the skin after the bath.
Epsom baths relieve stiff joints. The warm water and magnesium improve circulation and reduce inflammation.
Magnesium boosts the release of the sleep hormone, melatonin. It also helps with relaxation.
Can You Use Epsom Salt For Diaper Rash?
Yes, you can. Epsom salt is an anti-inflammatory that will soothe the baby’s rashes.
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Sources: parenting.firstcry., healthline, gentlenursery
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