Bathtime can be rather underwhelming for the eczema child. Most bubble baths and kiddy fragranced shower gels contain harsh ingredients which can aggravate and itch their delicate skin. It feels unfair that they are missing out on the fun their friends get at bathtime.
Most of us recognise that sinking feeling when your child bounces in from a party with a bright pink, fruity fragranced bubble bath in their party bag, adorned with their favourite TV character. There are only 2 outcomes really – an itchy night ahead or a forlorn little face.
So here are our tried and tested ways to brighten up your child’s bathtime so they don’t feel like there is yet another downside to having eczema, but instead feel that they get extra special treats and games.
Great when used with: Westlab Kids Dead Sea Salt.
Get creative with cups, water wheels and other ways of introducing the salt to the bath.
Children love to be given a collection of small stacking cups of salt at the beginning of the bath, so they can pour them through the water wheel. Once the salt is all in the bath they can use the water wheel to play with, which is a great way of getting the therapeutic salt water to keep in contact with their little hands while they play with the pouring water.
This great one made by Gowi is available from Amazon for around £12
Great when used with: Westlab Magnesium Flakes.
Ice has never been so popular with kids as in recent years, and these beautiful oily flakes resemble real life snowflakes to play with. They take a while to dissolve in the hands, but disappear almost instantly when poured in water.
While the bath is running you can create a ‘snow scene’ along the edge with a cupful of flakes scattered around some of their favourite plastic toy characters. The children can then play with the flakes and let them fall into the bath to dissolve in the warm water.
Home-made Bath Bombs
Great when used with Westlab Epsom Salt and Bicarbonate of Soda
Children love bath bombs, but they can result in flare-ups for eczema kids. Small children can have great fun making and then enjoying your own though, which may not aggravate their skin in the same way many of the more fragranced ones would.
The reason for this is that one of the main ingredients in most bath bombs is citric acid, but as this is derived from citrus fruit it can be an irritant for eczema sufferers. Plus many bombs also have synthetic fragrance and colour in them.
Here is our tried and tested recipe
- 200g Westlab Bicarbonate of Soda
- 200g Westlab Epsom Salts
- 100g Cream of Tartar
- 2 tablespoons Coconut Oil or Olive oil if your child is allergic to Coconut.
- 3 teaspoons Water
- 2 Lavender Essential Oil (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon of Natural Food Colouring. We used 'Beetroot' and 'Spirulina' in ours.
- Silicone cupcake / jelly mould.
- Mix the coconut oil and water (and essential oil) together in a small bowl.
- Mix the Epsom Salt, Bicarbonate of Soda and Cream of Tartar in large bowl.
- Stirring all the time, slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry a little at a time.
- Add in the natural food colouring and mix well.
- Add the bath bomb mixture to the mould and squash it in firmly.
- Leave in peace to settle, and then remove from moulds and let dry out at room temperature overnight.
- Pop one in the bath at bathtime and watch the enjoyment on your kids faces when they see what they created fizz to life.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not use salts on chapped or broken skin, and always follow pack instructions. As with all new bath products which you haven't tried before, we recommend you perform a 24 hour patch-test by dissolving in water and applying to a small area of skin 24 hours before you use one in the bath. If the skin shows signs of irritation then do not use. If irritation persists seek medical attention. We always recommend re-patch testing every now and again if skin has had a flare-up between uses.