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    Posted: Apr 29 2007 at 8:54am
I received some "ole school" advice from my older sister. She says to prevent young children from getting the ringworm to add a capful of bleach to their bath water every nite I wash my son's hair during his baths and I don't know if the bleach will damage his hair (My son has light brown curly hair) or even worse get in his eyes
Has anyone else done this w/ their children or had it done to u growing up? My mom knows nothing about this which is gettin me to thinking where did big sis get this advice from?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr 29 2007 at 1:34pm
Eeeks heck no.  Just get some Dettol (usually sold in those African or Caribbean shops) and add that in the bath water.  Never use the whole bottle but a capful will do.  I used that when I was growing up and never caught ringworm until I started working with kids in my early 20s.  Another option is using carbolic soap or sulfur soap.  Both stink hella medicinal but it helps.  I wouldn't recommend bleach since it is harsh on skin, especially on delicate skin of children.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr 29 2007 at 1:35pm



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr 29 2007 at 6:06pm
Umm... I know it may sound tempting to try, but DON'T. This sounds scary. Although it is a small amount of bleach, I don't think it is worth the try. Is this something he gets all the times? If not this prevention tactic doesn't seem necessary for your son. BTW, I have never heard of this either.
 
--From a young woman without kids


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr 29 2007 at 11:24pm
I heard of that. My grandmother suggested me to put a cap full of bleach in my bathwater to soften my skin. It actually works for me, but I never put the bleach it my hard. I never have experienced the bleach burning my eyes either.
 
I don't put the bleach in the water every night however. I usually only do it two or three times out the week.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr 30 2007 at 6:54pm
Yea I was going to say dettol too, bleach sounds waaay to scary.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr 30 2007 at 11:46pm
Y. Was just going to say Dettol. That old school grandma stuff is good. They even have a dettol soap.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 05 2007 at 5:41pm
My son never had a ringworm but he is around other children and I know how easy it is for germs to spread. I have seen that product in the store b4 and never knew what it was for. I just wanted to know if it was something that might prevent a ringworm from happening. So far reg. soap and water is doing the job.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 05 2007 at 7:19pm
I'd rather have ringworms than be blinded by bleach.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 06 2007 at 7:03am
It may be a southern thing.  My grandparents and my mom lived and grew up on a farm.  My mom said they would use it because they would be out in the fields all day from sun up to sun down.  My grandmother and mother did this for us when we were younger around school age.  It's something that I wouldn't use on an infant but a kid who is outside all day in the dirt.  YES! Basically, a little bleach to the bathwater helped to prevent ringworms,  ticks,chiggers, fleas and mosquito bites.   So using a cap full of bleach in a tub full of water will not blind you (I have 20/20 vision) or bleach your skin. 
My mom also would add Lysol disinfectant    to our bathwater and sometimes to our laundry instead of bleach.  If you are don't want to use bleach, then read up on Lysol.  
 
Site where others use bleach in the bathwater--
 
eta:  Remember this was only a home remedy that my folks use. 


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