Are epsom salt baths safe for babies & can they stop an allergic reaction? - Mothering Forums

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Yesterday my 4 mo old was reacting to something- tried homeopathic, but he was still refluxing and in pain. In desperation I put him in the bath w/me & some epsom salts. He calmed right down & was happy the rest of the day and night...even slept pretty well. So are epsom salts ok for babies on a routine basis? Do you think the epsom salts helped with the allergic reaction or was he just done reacting? If epsom salts help, what else might help? His biggest triggers seem to be carbs esp sugar (through breastmilk). I'm on a mostly protein diet.
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Yes, they can help and are safe. Due to an infant's large body surface area to weight, I'd only do about a couple of minutes per month of age. (ie. 4-8 minutes for a four month old.) Also, depends upon the amount of Epsom salts, the temperature and the amount of submersion. The Epsom salts may have helped you to have less reaction in your milk also.

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