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    How can bleach baths help treat my child's eczema?

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    I've been told I should give my 4 year old son who has eczema bleach baths. What is this?
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    The role of the Eczema Association of Australasia Inc (EAA) is to be a supportive body for eczema sufferers and carers, to increase public awareness … View Profile

    An eczema bleach bath — a bath with a small amount of bleach added to the water — may help lessen symptoms of chronic eczema. A bacterial infection often accompanies eczema, worsening symptoms.
    An eczema bleach bath is thought to kill the bacteria on the skin, reducing itching, redness and scaling. This is most effective when combined with other eczema treatments, such as medication and moisturizers.
    If properly diluted and used as directed, a bleach bath is safe for both children and adults.

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