Sunday, September 15, 2013

Two Ridiculously Easy Steps to Heal Skin Rashes: Baking Soda Bath for Kids (And You Too!)

Is your baby crying because of diaper rash or any other skin rashes? Help is on the way!

Do you hate the idea of harsh chemicals found in baby soap and shampoo touching the skin of your most precious creation? Help is on the way!

What if I tell you that you can use something that is so ridiculously simple, it seems fake?

Help is on the way!

You don't need to buy expensive baby shampoo and soap, as well as diaper rash ointments, because you can use one product only!

I'm talking about baking soda bath (also called baking soda soak) that can heal skin rashes. 

I have tried it too and it feels great! 

My kids love it, especially my 5-year-old Zoe who uses it everyday. 

My children tend to have skin rashes because of heat and sweat and sometimes they have insect bites too, and baking soda soak helps in relieving and curing them. My toddler sometimes have diaper rash also and baking soda bath cured it.

Is natural, DIY baking soda bath a magical rash treatment? 

It is for me! I don't need to buy any of those expensive diaper rash creams anymore that I used to buy for them. 

Baking soda bath is magically practical. Seriously DIY. 

Things you need:

  • 1/2 cup of baking soda
  • Bathtub or basin
  • Optional: Fresh kalamansi (lime) or lemon extract
  • Optional: Essential oil like lavender, chamomile, or eucalyptus, for instance, as long as you and your kids are not allergic to it. You'd want this if you want a specific scent. 
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"Baking soda is good for many things. Taking a bath with baking soda in the water can do everything from detoxify your body to help with diaper rash and infections. Try out these various baking soda bath ideas to find the one that suits your needs." Expert Clinic
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Microfiber can be used to clean a lot of things, including our face and bodies. Some people have completely forgone soap to use microfiber cloth and water only :)

What to do:

1) Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to warm water in a tub that has fresh kalamansi/lime/lemon extract (and 3-5 drops of essential oil if you want) and mix, mix, mix. (Note: Since we don't have a bathtub  we use a large basin.) 

2) I let Zoe stay there for 10 minutes and she cleans her body using loofah. You can use microfiber cloth for the body and face (microfiber facial cloth) too. 

That's it, soap and soak in one. No need to rinse after, or you can also rinse afterwards if you want.

The Good Baking Soda Does

1) Zoe's and Achi's skin allergies and "bungang-araw" or rashes dried up.

2) Baking soda can exfoliate skin, so it leaves soft and smooth skin.

3) This bath conserves water. Since baking soda does not lather, washing with water after to remove the soapiness is not needed. Practical Moms hurrah!

4) No need for soap and shampoo that tend to have harsh chemicals, which strip off skin's/hair's natural oil.

5) Baking soda bath relieves itchy insect bites and burns

6) Baking soda soaking can cure diaper rash.

7) Baking soda bath can also relieve yeast infection.

8) Natural Happiness! Zoe enjoys soaking and playing in the water and loves the warm, clean feeling afterwards. 

9) You have just successfully made your DIY bath soak. Independence from commercial baby and rash soap, shampoo, and ointments!

Some Downsides

1) No suds for suds lovers.

2) If you feel that your kid's skin dried up too much, decrease baking soda's amount. Too oily? Increase baking soda a little. A different problem? Check with your doctor. This baking soda soak works only for my and my children's specific skin concerns and my practical needs, so it's not a cure-all for every skin rash problem.

Practical and Easy Bathing for Kids

We practical folks want bathing simple and practical. Baking soda is one of the simplest, safest, natural ways of cleaning our bodies, next to water. 

Sometimes, it's hard to believe that something so ridiculously simple is true, but this time, IT IS TRUE. You just have to try it. What have you got to lose? Some inexpensive baking soda that can heal skin rashes?

Have you tried cleaning your body and your children's with baking soda? What's the experience like? Do you think baking soda can cure rashes and prevent them?