If you want to be prepared for a new flu season, then I have an amazing tip for you: How To Kick Colds Fast With A Detox Bath For Kids For Kids. A natural remedy that really works!

Detox Bath For Kids

After several years of learning about natural remedies, a good detox bath for kids is one of my favorite ways of kicking a cold fast. Taking a detox bath will help your kids relax, clean their systems of toxins, and absorb wonderful minerals that will strengthen their immune systems.

After a full day of activities, your kids are feeling miserable because of a cold. They are cracky, congested, irritable and just a mess. How To Kick Colds Fast With a Detox Bath is the perfect way to make your kids feel better and relaxed when they are sick. In my experience, it really helps.

My 5 year old son caught a cold a few weeks ago. The same day he started to show cold symptoms, I made sure to give him a detox bath. He slept for 12 hours straight afterwards! He woke up the following morning feeling much better. This is when I realized I had to write a post about detox baths.

Your kids are exposed to a lot of toxins from pollution, household cleaners, and processed foods that are full of chemicals and additives. A detox bath with magnesium has the power to eliminate those toxins. So it is also a good idea to just give your kids a detox bath once a week, even if they are not sick to keep their immune systems strong and free of toxins.

I try to take a detox bath once a week too. It is so relaxing and I feel completely rested and energized the following day. If you want to learn all about detox baths and why you should take them, please see this wonderful article 5 Amazing Healthy Reasons Why Your Children Need Detox Baths. It explains in depth all the wonderful benefits of taking a detox bath.

Studies have shown that magnesium and sulfate are both readily absorbed through the skin, making Epsom salt baths an easy and ideal way to enjoy the associated health benefits. Magnesium plays a number of roles in the body including regulating the activity of over 325 enzymes, reducing inflammation, helping muscle and nerve function, and helping to prevent artery hardening. Sulfates help improve the absorption of nutrients, flush toxins, and help ease migraine headaches (source).

Detox Bath For Kids

How To Kick Colds Fast With A Detox Bath For Kids

Kids: All you need is 1/2 cup of Epsom Salts, and 2 tablespoons of baking soda (To help promote elimination of toxins and clean unfiltered water).

Adults: use 1 cup of salts and 4 tablespoons of baking soda.

Optional: You can use a few drops of essential oils. I like Eucalyptus Essential Oil for detox baths (not recommended for small children). For small kids you can use Lemon Essential Oil, great for supporting a healthy immune system, or Lavender Essential Oil which has a nice calming effect.

It is important to use KidSafe essential oils and dilute according to instructions. For more information, please check out safe essential oils for children. There is a fantastic variety of safe oils for children above the age of 2.


Fill the bathtub half way with warm water. Place the salts and baking soda, and stir with your hand to dissolve. Take a bath for at least 15-20 minutes. The body will extract the toxins first, and then start to absorb the minerals. To distract kids, you can play with toys or read a book. Make sure they do not drink the water. Magnesium has a laxative effect.

Rinse well afterwards and towel dry. The detox bath for kids is now complete. Have some drinking water available. A detox bath can make you very thirsty. Magnesium also promotes sleep so you or your kids will soon be ready for bed.

Now you know How To Kick Colds Fast With A Detox Bath. At the first sign of a cold, give your kids this bath and see for yourself the wonderful results. If you want to make it super fun and exciting for kids, check out my latest DIY idea: Detox Bath Bombs For Kids!

Detox Bath For Kids

If you are interested in more natural ways to strengthen the immune system, please see 7 Ways To Boost Immunity And Get Ready For Flu Season and 6 Natural Ways To Protect Your Family From The Flu.

***UPDATE*** Several people are telling me their kids do not sleep well. This detox bath definitely helps my two kids relax and sleep better. If you are also looking for a kid’s multivitamin that has magnesium, please check out Natural Vitality Kids Calm Multivitamin. It is good for kids 4 years and older. I give this to 5 year old son and it works great. Contains magnesium, Omega-3 DHA & EPA, and 24 organic fruits & veggies. Magnesium is a miracle mineral. I take it myself, and it has helped me a lot when dealing with anxiety (see my personal experience here).

I hope this How To Kick Colds Fast With A Detox Bath For Kids information helps you. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

This information should not replace professional advice by a qualified medical or herbal practitioner.

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Detox Bath For Kids


87 Responses so far.

  1. Olga says:

    Hi! I have a 15 month old who has a hard time falling asleep and staying asleep. What would be the correct anoint of Epson salt and backing soda for her?

    • Hi Olga, my daughter is 16 months old and takes a detox bath approximately once a week with 1/2 cup Epson salts and 2 tablespoons baking soda. You can also look for a magnesium supplement at a health store and give the recommended dose at night to help her sleep better. Remember this information should not replace professional advice by a qualified medical or herbal practitioner.

  2. Perla says:

    Would Dr. Teal’s Soaking Solution, Detox and Energize work?

  3. Jo Kim says:


    Can I bathe them regularly after? Shampoo/body wash?


  4. Nora says:

    My son just turned one. Can I use this on him?

  5. Karen says:

    Can they be bathed in the same water or do you need to refill tub with fresh water?

  6. Sarah Cupo says:

    Is this safe while pregnant? I have heard both ways. I have read that epson salt is totally safe while pregnant, but have also read not to detox while pregnant. I know not to use super hot water….

    • Hi Sarah, I have read also that Epsom salts are not safe if ingested while pregnant, but that they are safe for taking baths. In any case, if you are pregnant, check with your doctor at your next visit.

    • Cara says:

      I try to take weekly epsom salt baths with lavender (that usually last 40 min ????) I’m 27 weeks pregnant and stayed the routine around week 15. I also took them weekly with my 1st pregnancy up until being induced. I was “at risk” for High BP because of family history and always had great readings which I completely attribute to the baths!! It was a glorious pregnancy and if I’m consistent I notice a better feeling this 2nd time too!!
      Also I’ve given my daughter since about 13 mo (she’s 21mo now) epsom salt baths with lavender for colds, rashes, bug bites or the dreaded boil… greatf quick results every time!!

  7. Jeanette says:

    Completely unrelated, however my sons iron levels have always been on the low side. He’s four and is the pickiest eater on the planet. Do you have any suggestions for a good multivitamin that I can give him that tastes good. I don’t want to have to fight him to take it.

    • Hi Jeanette, I recommend a great multivitamin in this post at the very end. I also like the Garden Of Life kid’s multivitamins and you can get them online or at a health store. Whole Foods has a liquid multivitamin for kids (can’t remember the name) that doesn’t have any flavors so that also could be an option for you son. You can ask at the store and I am sure they will find it for you 🙂 Hope this information helps!

    • Katie says:

      I would suggest cooking as many meals as possible in cast iron cookware. My iron levels were super high last summer during my second pregnancy, which I attribute to cooking at least one meal a day in my cast iron skillet!

  8. Trish says:

    I’m a science-minded person and this is just not sitting well with me. While I don’t think a nice relaxing bath is a bad thing for a kid with a cold, you cannot “detox” a cold out of someone. Even if I believed in detox baths (I don’t, because they don’t actually work) I’d be operating under the pretense that it draws toxins out of the body. A cold is a virus, not a toxin. So by what mechanism is the detox bath helping to cure a virus faster?

    • Hi Trish, thank you for your comment. By getting rid of toxins in the body and absorbing the minerals, you can help boost the immune system. A stronger immune system can fight viruses better. I am a huge believer in natural remedies and these baths really work well for us. When my kids are sick it makes them sleep better also because it is so relaxing. Remember this information should not replace professional advice by a qualified medical or herbal practitioner.

  9. Kelly says:

    Would this be ok for babies? (7.5 months old)

    • Hi Kelly, I have been giving my daughter these baths since she was about 10 months old. I was extra careful that she would not drink the water. Magnesium is dangerous if ingested because it can cause diarrhea. That would be my concern in your case. You can always check with your pediatrician and see what she/he thinks.

  10. blossom says:

    Hi.. We don’t have a bathtub. May I know what is the best way to give a detox bath pls. It will be really helpful. Thank you

  11. Lanie Salazar says:

    Hi! i like to try this detox bath to my kids, they’re 4 and 7yrs old and they catch cold easily so i got interested in this..problem is we don’t have a bath tub..we use pail and laddle when taking a bath..can i just pour it in them slowly?will the effect be the same?tnx!

  12. Marianne says:

    When my children were small I often bathed them in my (deep) kitchen sink. When I was small, my mother used her washtub. There are baby bathtubs sold in stores. Any tub type container that is large enough could be used.

  13. Lisa says:

    Can you use magnesium gel instead of flakes or Epsom salts?

  14. Mai El Moughayar says:

    I just wanted to comment that you can also find magnesium oil at the health food store. We spray on the bottoms of our feet for a good night’s sleep. I also used it on my legs during pregnancy and it alleviated the excruciating cramps!! It is strong for sensitive skin, so I think it’s best on feet bottoms for kids.

  15. Nikkie says:

    I use this detox bath to alleviate my fibromyalgia symptoms. It works really well. I never thought about using it for my grandkids when they were sick, thanks

  16. Katie Hall says:

    I have a question…my baby is give months old and had his first cold. Would this bath be safe for him? Should I ask her pediatrition before doing it?

    • Hi Katie, It is always a good idea to consult with your pediatrician. I have been giving my baby detox baths since she was about 10 months old. In babies, it is important to make sure they do not drink the water. Magnesium has a laxative effect.

  17. Rachel says:

    Could I use this bath for my 2 year old? He is always sick around flu season

  18. Billiejo says:

    I see a lot of things online that are not safe to use, people think it’s funny to post things that can harm you if you do or use them, So my question is this for real? And is it really safe to do? I don’t want to harm me or my grand children.

    • Hello, thank you for your message. I completely understand your concern. You should always consult with your doctor or pediatrician if you have any doubts. This works for my family and after doing research and asking my doctor we feel it is completely safe.

  19. Heather says:

    My son is 5 months is itba to soon to give him a bath in this

  20. Donna says:

    Would this be safe for a 4 month old? She has the worst stuffy nose–only at night so this may help?

  21. Mariel says:

    What natural shampoo and body soap do you use??

  22. Mariel says:

    What natural shampoo and body soap do you use? I’ve seen many that say natural and they really aren’t

  23. Jenifer says:

    Can this detox bath be used every day while they are sick? Or just a once a week thing? TIA!!

    PS: I tried this last night with my 2.5 yr old and he slept all night. 🙂

  24. Heather says:

    My daughter is sick I tried this last night and she did get a little better. Can I give her another bath tonight?

  25. Lani J says:

    My daughter has been sick for 3 days with fever, throwing up and is congested. I took her to the doctors today and they told me it’s just a virus and she has to wait it out. Do you think this bath will help?

  26. Sarah says:

    Omg I forgot a step I forgot to rinse the kids after their baths. Is that bad they were just soaking not really washing. Just soaking and playing.

  27. Khadija says:

    Hi..Csn i do this detox bath for my 4mo baby? He seems to have trouble sleeping since some days..thnx

  28. Joclyn says:

    Would this still work without the baking soda? I have them epsom salt but no baking soda…

  29. Jenni says:

    Thank you so much for your post, very informative, I will be trying this tonight for myself and a bath for my 3 grandsons

  30. Mery says:

    I loved your article. Next time my granddaughter comes over I will try it. Thanks for the information you provided.

  31. Michelle says:

    Came across this in absolute perfect timing!
    Can’t believe I never thought of this, I always grew up taking person salt baths. My 18 month old is coming down with a minor cold and I know this will help!
    Thank you so much for sharing!

  32. Chispitafeliz says:

    I will try it tonight I have 2 little ones with the flu I’ll let you know how it goes thanks for sharing this with us.

  33. Nicole says:

    Tried this with my sick 16.5 month old and it worked like a charm!

  34. Aniya says:

    im 17 and i feel kinda fragile body aches and my throat is a lil irritated i will do this tonight and tell you how it goes in the morning

  35. Anjee says:

    I was wondering if using Epsom salt with lavender be okay to use for the detox bath?

  36. Debi says:

    Actually magnesium CHLORIDE is approximately 10 times stronger than MgSO4 and is much better in a bath/foot bowl.

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