The Benefits of Using Therapeutics for Bath Time for Kids
From meal time to bath time, there are many decisions that a parent has to make. Young kids usually only need bathing two to four times a week, depending on their daily activities. Bathing a child too frequently can lead to dry and irritated skin1. As a parent or caregiver, you can make bath time even more beneficial for your kid by adding therapeutics.
The Benefits of Therapeutics for Bath Time
Whether your kid is as adventuresome as Mika or more sensitive like Romer, a therapeutic bath is a good solution to help soothe their body after a long day. Therapeutics are products with potential medicinal benefits that you can add to your child’s bath.
While you must exercise caution and only use kid-friendly products, therapeutics can be used at bath time to help relieve dry skin, help relax a wound-up child, or even help soothe sore and achy muscles in a sick kid.
What Therapeutic Ingredients Can I Put In My Kid’s Bath?
Since children’s skin is more sensitive than an adult’s, it is important to use ingredients that are safe for children. Colloidal oatmeal is a therapeutic ingredient with anti-inflammatory properties that help soothe itchy skin. Oatmeal baths can benefit children with chickenpox, poison ivy, eczema, or generally itchy skin2.
What Products Should I Use for Routine Baths?
For routine non-therapeutic bath times, Aveeno® Kids products are a good staple product for kids with sensitive skin or hair. Aveeno® Kids products are tear-free and hypoallergenic with a gentle scent. The products are designed for kids’ still developing skin and hair, and to be gentler than adult products.
Aveeno® Kids Face & Body Wash gently cleanses without stripping natural oils to keep skin clean, feeling moisturized, and smelling fresh. For kids’ hair, Aveeno® Kids 2-in-1 Shampoo & Conditioner is formulated with oat extract and is designed for kids’ developing hair. It hydrates and detangles hair, leaving it soft, smooth, and easy to manage. For kids with curly hair, Aveeno® Kids Curly Hair Shampoo and Aveeno® Kids Curly Hair Conditioner are both formulated with oat extract and shea butter. These products help improve the manageability of the hair, defines curls, and controls frizz.
What Temperature Water Should I Bathe Them In?
You may be familiar with the fact that young children, especially infants, should not be bathed in water that is too cold or too hot. Using a warm water temperature — around 100° F — is best for all baths. This temperature will prevent your child from becoming too chilled or overheated.
Young children cannot regulate their body temperature as well as adults. Even when your child has a fever, using cold water or ice in a bath is not recommended for kids3. Using cold water in a bath for sick kids can cause them to shiver, which actually raises body temperature.
1. McCarthy, Claire. Does Your Child Need To Bathe Every Day? Harvard Health Publishing: Child & Teen Health. September 20, 2021. Accessed June 24, 2022. https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/does-your-child-need-to-bathe-every-day-202109202598
2. Reynertson KA, Garay M, Nebus J, et al. Anti-inflammatory activities of colloidal oatmeal (Avena sativa) contribute to the effectiveness of oats in treatment of itch associated with dry, irritated skin. J Drugs Dermatol. 2015;14(1):43-48.
3. American Academy of Family Physicians. Fever in Infants and Children. October 17, 2018. Accessed June 24, 2022. https://familydoctor.org/condition/fever-in-infants-and-children/