December 19, 2010,
M.G. asks from Ephrata, PA on May 15, 2008
K.D. answers from Raleigh on May 16, 2008
No, definitely do not add bleach to the bath water. I'm glad you asked. It can burn the skin and the fumes can scar the lungs. In fact, before filling a tub with water you should have a filter that takes the chlorine out of your tap water. You can get a shower filter and fill the tub from the showerhead or you can get one of those chlorine removing balls that you put in the water as it is filling up.
Epsom salts is the main one that people talk about for detoxing in the tub. This article might be of interest to you - http://www.proliberty.com/observer/20080201.htm
I have also heard of adding sea salt, baking soda, or high grade hydrogen peroxide to the bath to detox.
Green or red clay is another one I have heard of for adding to the bath water. Some argue though that you absorb aluminum from some of the clays, which would not be good. So maybe it depends on the quality of the clay. Here is a webpage that may help - http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/clay2.htm
I know some like to add 3x, a neutralizer from www.Globallight.net, to the bath tub water.
I have also heard of aromatherapy baths with essential oils to help detox.
I would recommend searching for an ADHD yahoo group to join also, they could probably offer lots of advice.
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R.H. answers from Raleigh on May 16, 2008
"Detoxifying" the outside of the body won't help an ADHD kid. Putting bleach in the water won't help their skin to be soft and supple, either. I work with bleach, and believe me, I use gloves at all times. If you want to further detoxify your water, get a water filter. As for the kids, make sure they get plenty of antioxidents in their food, drink, and vitamins. That will help detoxify their interior, which is where they need the help.
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C.M. answers from Jackson on December 19, 2010
My 5 month old has a sore on her backside. The pediatrician told me it may be staph and to boil it out with peroxide and to give her a bleach water bath. So for the past 2 days she has had a bleach water bath in the big bath tub. He said to add 1/2 cup of bleach to 1/3 full standard size bath tub. It scared me when he told me but It scared me worse that she may have staph so I did it. I just in the past hour gave her her daily bath. I didn't get it in her face just was using her baby bath with the drain open in the tub 1/3 full of the water and the bleach (1/2 cup) she started gasping like she couldn't breath. Very loud gasps. I have a slight case of asthma and have had a couple of attacks over the years when I was really sick but never just from the fumes of bleach. But I don't care what the doctor says I will not be giving her any more bleach water baths. It scared me to tears. That look of panic is now etched in my memory forever. I know I was only doing what the doctor said, but I can't help feeling like a real idiot for putting her little body in such a harsh chemical! I wouldn't recommend this as a treatment for any child.
M.W. answers from Raleigh on May 16, 2008
PLEASE DON'T USE BLEACH!
This can be so harmful and there is NO benefit in bath water. I know that's why you are asking on this site, just to confirm what you already know is bad.
The only thing I can think of is to use Epsom salts, they can be bought in any pharmacy and the ones I use come in what looks like a milk container. This is a reasonably safe way to "detox" water. I used them in my own bath for sore muscles. **research this for your child though, ratio etc, I don't know if they are used for children (can't imagine why not but still ask your pediatrician.)
I'd be interested in what others say about this too.
J.T. answers from Raleigh on May 16, 2008
Bleach in bath water...who in their right mind would suggest such a thing? Word of advice..don't trust everything you read. The only thing bleach can do is get your clothes white and mess your skin up.
P.M. answers from Raleigh on May 21, 2008
M. - I have a business with a company called Arbonne and we just launched a new detox line which is pure, safe and beneficial. We have several products which would be wonderful to use on a child, especially the detoxifying rescue wash. We also have a Sea Salt bath soak that is detoxifying. Please let me know if you have any questions. I would be happy to help you even if you choose not to use our products. www.glow.myarbonne.com
A.B. answers from Charlotte on October 21, 2009
I would recommend you research hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). The strongest solution of 35% (as opposed to 3% available in drugstores) is worth reading about. Who wants the chemicals from common househould bleach ? Common chemical bleaches include household "chlorine bleach", a solution of approximately 3–6% sodium hypochlorite (NaClO), and "oxygen bleach", which contains hydrogen peroxide or a peroxide-releasing compound such as sodium perborate, sodium percarbonate, sodium persulfate, sodium perphosphate, or urea peroxide together with catalysts and activators, e.g. tetraacetylethylenediamine and/or sodium nonanoyloxybenzenesulfonate.
Many bleaches have strong bactericidal properties, and are used for disinfecting and sterilizing. Most bleaches are hazardous if ingested or inhaled, and should be used with care. While you must read about using the H2O2 35% and ALWAYS DILUTE IT, it is much safer than common household bleach.
P.B. answers from Raleigh on May 15, 2008
No, No, No!!!!!!
M., please do not use bleach in bath water; especially for children with ADHD......bleach, as you know, contains chlorine which is a TOXIN to all people! Yes, even in swimming pools!
Children with ADHD need more detoxification than the "normal" person.......their normal everyday bathwater should actually be purified to remove the chlorine, metals, and other toxins.
If you want to use anything in the tub, use lots of plain EPSOM salts on a daily basis.
Research chelation and special diets in order to detox a child with ADHD.
Sorry to jump hard on this one.....daily toxins and healthy natural living are a big part of my life!