A sassy, crafty mama bird from Los Angeles
raising a very sweet little girl with Autism
and a new baby boy in the Midwest... and other stuff, too.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Salty!

"Rubber ducky, you're the one..."
-Ernie
About 6 weeks ago I started experimenting with Epsom Salt baths for Little Bird. I know it sounds weird to those of you who are not members of the Autism world, but those of us who are fighting this fight are trying all kinds of things that we, too might have thought were weird. There are too many f'ed up things about Autism to list, but one really BIG one is that no one really knows what might work for ALL kids on the spectrum, so we've all gotta try so many things before we find what will work for our kiddos. G-d willing, something WILL work!
I've tried a lot of things that I used to think were a little wacky and are often times inconvenient... Gluten Free, Casein Free, Soy free, egg free, probiotics, cod liver oil, anti-parasite drops, etc. I read that epsom salts were a detoxifying agent, helping kids with sensory issues. Epsom salts are made of magnesium and sulfate- both thought to be low in kids with Autism. I started with about 1/4 cup of salts in a warm bath for about 15 minutes. I gradually worked her up to 1 cup salts in a full tub for about 30 minutes. This evening, she got so quiet in the bath, I got suspicious as I was folding laundry on the floor of the bathroom. I hopped up to take a look and she was sprawled out in the tub, completely relaxed and loving it. She is going to sleep so well tonight. Not that she doesn't sleep well every night. Thank g-d we don't have the sleep issues that many families have.
I'm a natural skeptic. But, I'm willing to try things, especially if I think it can help Little Bird. You know I'll do anything in the world if I think it will help her. I do, and I'll keep on doin' it.
Here are a few links with more info on epsom salt baths:

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'm totally going to try the epsom salt bath for Zack. By the end of the day, after his meds have worn off, he is a nutty ball of energy. i am willing to try anything to make him relax and unwind and de-stress. whatever makes bedtime more calm!
Thanks for the tip.
Ellen

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