Epson salt in children's bath water


Epson salt, also known as magnesium sulfate, has long been used as a soothing balm when sprinkled with bath water, suitable for adults or children. Soaking in dissolved salt is usually done to relax tense or sore muscles. In addition, Epson salt bath can be used to relieve psoriasis symptoms, soften the skin, and even restore magnesium and sulfate levels in the body. A recently discovered application is the soothing quality of Epson salt used by many autistic children.

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Epson salt is very suitable for hot water bath. (Picture: Vikif/iStock/Getty Images)

Children's General Guide

Before adding any Epson salt, please read the instructions on your Epson salt packaging. Generally speaking, for adults or children over 6 years of age, the dose of 30 minutes of immersion is about two cups in a full bath. In most cases, Epson salt is not recommended for children under 6 years of age. Although salt solution itself is not necessarily harmful, accidental intake may lead to sudden diarrhea or more serious side effects. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, please consult your doctor before bathing your child.

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General application

If your child is playing hard all day, it is a good way to add some Epson salt to the bath at night, which can encourage them to slow down and relax any tense muscles at the same time. Epson salt bath can also help alleviate psoriasis symptoms, such as skin scales or inflammation, which can lead to self-awareness or social anxiety, especially in adolescents and adolescents.

If your child has autism or sulfate deficiency, regular bathing with Epson salt can greatly improve overall health by restoring sulfate. Ions are absorbed directly through the skin and enter the blood, starting to help the kidneys and digestive system. Although the evidence that Epsom salts contribute to autism is largely anecdotal, sulfate levels in autistic patients are usually low. Dr. James B. Adams of the University of Arizona said that since bathing is non-invasive and risk-free, many doctors advise parents of autistic children to try it.

Other factors

Although Epson Salt has a good effect on psoriasis, it may aggravate some skin conditions. If your child has any signs of open sores or wounds, infections or inflammation, consult your doctor before spraying salt into the bath water. Check whether you have pure Epson salt or specially mixed bath salt. The latter may contain various spices, oils or other substances. If your child has sensitive skin, it may cause irritation or even allergic reactions.