How Apple Cider Vinegar Provides Eczema Relief for Babies
Your baby has itchy eczema skin and you’re looking for relief. Fast. Soothems has a one-two punch method that’ll have your baby back to restful sleep. Keep reading to learn more about this natural treatment for eczema.
The Right Hook
Apple Cider Vinegar baths have been well documented as effective at reducing eczema itch. But it’s your baby’s soft, precious skin so you want more information, like what is apple cider vinegar, why should I put in on my baby’s skin and how do I prepare the bath?
Apple Cider Vinegar Basics
What's it made from: Apple cider vinegar is as simple and as natural as apple juice with the addition of yeast. The yeast changes the fruit sugar into alcohol (fermentation). Bacteria then turns the alcohol into acetic acid.
What makes it effective: Apple cider vinegar is a natural source of C and B-vitamins and contains antibacterial properties. The acidic nature will naturally help balance your body’s pH levels. Soaking in apple cider vinegar will nourish and moisturize the skin.
Apple cider vinegar history: Apple cider vinegar has been around since the days of Mark Antony and Cleopatra! Ancient Greek doctors used it to treat wounds and mixed it with honey to help cure coughs and colds. In modern times, apple cider vinegar has been used, among other things, to improve heart health, treat dandruff and to aid in weight loss. It’s important to note that these claims have not been supported by modern medicine. However, studies have found acetic acid alone to be beneficial for some conditions including reducing obesity and improving blood sugar and insulin levels for type 2 diabetes.
Apple Cider Vinegar for Eczema
A quick Google search will result in many positive user testimonials, but apple cider vinegar baths for eczema isn’t a method medical science has been able to endorse. This is likely because medical science doesn’t fully yet understand what causes eczema, so too they cannot endorse vinegar as a treatment as it is not understood why it alleviates the itch and soothes the skin.
Apple cider vinegar is a natural remedy that is safe to use on your baby’s skin. Look for raw, organic apple cider vinegar. It’s available at most stores that carry grocery items.
There are two ways to apply apple cider vinegar to eczema-affected skin:
- Diluted in a bath
- Diluted and applied topically with a cotton swab
Apple Cider Vinegar Topical Application
Important note: this method may sting on fresh breakouts as the solution is slightly more concentrated and acidic.
Dilute ¼ cup apple cider vinegar with three cups of water.
- Dip and saturate a cotton ball in the diluted apple cider vinegar.
- Note for larger areas, a spray bottle can also be used. Have a cotton towel handy for clean-up.
- Apply generously to the eczema-affected skin. Pat and press in the solution with the cotton ball.
- If applying to a fresh breakout, the application is going to temporarily sting and burn! Be ready for the reaction. If the skin is a couple days healed, the application shouldn’t cause the same reaction.
- Apply once in the morning and again in the evening.
- Immediately cover eczema-affected skin with a Soothems garment (see below for further information)
Apple Cider Vinegar Baths for Babies with Eczema
- Fill the tub with warm to hot water, add 1-2 cups of apple cider vinegar.
- Use the warmest water tolerable; warm water opens skin pores.
- Be sure to maintain the same ratio of water to vinegar if you’re using a baby bathtub; less water = less vinegar.
Soak baby for 15 minutes, and as long as 30 minutes.
- Rinse skin with clean, cool water to close the pores.
- Pat baby’s skin dry with a towel.
- Apply your preferred skin cream or medication to the skin.
- Seal in all the goodness with a Soothems garment.
The Knockout Punch: Apple cider vinegar bath plus immediately cover and seal treated skin with a Soothems garment
Soothems’ TEWLTect™ fabric worn on top of the skin treated in an apple cider vinegar can improve the results by locking in the moisture level in the skin and increasing the effectiveness of the apple cider vinegar bath as well as the benefit of the applied cream.
What you need to know about TEWLTect smart fabric:
An environmentally sustainable blend of natural cellulosic polymer fibers encapsulated with chitosan and zinc oxide; 60 percent TENCEL™, 35 percent TANBOOCEL™ and 5 percent Creora™ spandex.
- Chitosan is clinically proven to promote healing by inhibiting bacteria growth on human skin. It prevents and alleviates infections, stores moisture, binds proteins and is hemostatic.
- The cellulose fibers it contains have been independently tested to show they will absorb half of their own weight in moisture before feeling damp. This makes the smart fabric far superior to fabrics such as cotton, polyester, nylon and even silk.
- The cellulose fibers help regulate body temperature for greater comfort and can relieve skin irritation.
- Zinc Oxide is clinically proven to be anti-inflammatory, soothing to the skin and acts as a protective layer on the skin to lock in moisture.
- Maximum wearing comfort because the yarns are soft, pliable, symmetrically rounded, smooth, breathable and virtually friction-free.
More information on this new fabric can be found on the TEWTect Smart Fabric Information page. Don’t forget to check out the rest of our site for information regarding eczema skin care, eczema therapy, and more specifically, eczema relief for babies. When it comes to infant eczema expertise, our team at Soothems has you covered. Turn to Soothems for assistance when you need to know what to use for eczema.
*The recommendations made are not intended as medical advice. Persons with questions regarding specific symptoms or treatments should consult a professional health-care provider.
Apple cider vinegar has been documented as a way to reduce itching symptoms of eczema for some people. No claim is made that vinegar will cure eczema. This method may not be effective for all people.