Baking soda has millions of uses: from deodorizing your home and kitchen, to tenderizing meat to treating and healing skin infections, this natural product is a must have in every pantry. When it comes to treating heat rashes naturally, many people have seen great results with baking soda heat rash treatment.
In this guide, we will study exactly how to treat heat rashes with baking soda and also using baking soda bath for the purpose. Before we do so, let us consider a few basics about heat rashes:
Heat Rashes: What causes them?
Heat rash is caused due to clogged sweat glands and trapped sweat and bacteria. The condition affects many people all around the world, but especially those living in hot and humid conditions. Since the sweat is blocked from flowing out, it creates blisters and rashes on the skin. Heat rash is also called prickly heat since it is gives rise to an intense itchy, painful and annoying feeling on the skin. As the skin continues to produce more sweat, the condition tends to aggravate. Young children often scratch rash causing greater problems in the form of bacterial skin infections which need antibiotics to heal.
A common misconception regarding heat rashes is that they only occur in summer. However, habits like swaddling a baby too tight in blankets and sweaters can also lead to winter heat rashes. Heat rashes on a baby can be distressing to the child as well as the parents. Things often take a turn for the worse when the child scratches its rash, causing severe pus filled blisters.
Treating heat rashes naturally
Parents of babies suffering from heat rashes often want to know about the best natural remedies for treating heat rashes. Primary among these are Aloe Vera Plant extracts and Baking soda. Treating heat rashes with baking soda is especially beneficial to the skin since this natural compound has many skin healing properties.
What is baking soda? How does it heal skin infections like heat rashes?
Baking soda is Bicarbonate of soda. It is a chemical compound having the formula NaHCO3. It is weakly alkaline in nature and can help break down acids and proteins. Commercially available baking soda has a gritty texture which can gently cleanse and exfoliate facial skin. As a result; many people use baking soda to treat acne and other facial skin conditions.
Additionally, baking soda is an excellent home remedy for treating insect bites, bee stings, sun-burnt skin and poison ivy allergic reactions. Baking soda can be easily made into a paste with water (1/2 teaspoon mixed with 4 ounces of water) to be applied to the skin directly.
How can we treat heat rashes using baking soda bath?
Baking soda treatment for heat rashes is an excellent remedy for babies’ gentle skin.
You can use any of the following methods for the same:
Washcloth dipped in baking soda solution– Dip a soft wash cloth or towel in a container with water to which a few tablespoons of baking soda has been added. Wring out the excess water and use the washcloth all over the baby’s rash. Apply this compress at least 3 times a day to the blisters for 30 minutes each. This will ensure that the rash disappears quickly.
Baking soda bath for heat rash treatment– Add 1 cup of baking soda to a tub containing warm water. Gently soak the baby in this bath. Follow this remedy twice daily until the heat rash heals.
After using the baking soda bath treatment for heat rash, pat dry the baby’s skin and sprinkle soothing anti-prickly heat powder on it. This will prevent further sweating.
Some more precautions to follow
- Keep the baby dressed in clean and cool cotton clothes.
- Avoid tight clothes with abrasive materials and fabrics.
- Ensure washing baby’s clothing in hypoallergenic and dermatologist recommended detergents.
Remember: If you are unable to see any positive results with this baking soda heat rash treatment, visit the doctor immediately.