Although they’ve been neglected for a while, natural remedies are becoming more popular in the last several years. This makes perfects sense; modern cosmetic products and drugs have various volatile substances, which makes consumers rather uneasy.
One of the great home remedies that are commonly used by parents is the oatmeal bath.
Although it is something that can be used by both adults and kids, it seems that it is really effective for various skin issues that are plaguing toddlers and young children. In fact, a lot of pediatricians recommend baths with oatmeal as a weekly treatment. It is especially effective for rashes and hydration.
Making an oatmeal bath is not that hard. You can do it within minutes. If we also consider the fact that all ingredients cost about a dollar, the treatment can be much cheaper than an average skin drug that you would otherwise purchase.
What do you need?
As already mentioned, the oatmeal bath isn't that expensive. You probably have most ingredients in your kitchen anyway. Here is the full list of what you'll be needing:
- Lukewarm water
- Blender or a similar tool
- 1/3 of a cup. You can use any type of oatmeal
- You might have trouble grinding oatmeal. If that happens, we suggest that you use cheesecloth or pantyhose
If you gathered all the ingredients, you’re ready to make an oatmeal bath. Here is the step-by-step process:
- Start blending the oats with a blender. Do it until you get a fine powder. Once it is finished, you will have to check the texture of the oatmeal. Use a tablespoon and try it yourself. They should be able to absorb water
- You can mix the oats with water or some other substance. Stir the two together and make sure you get a thick, milky liquid. If it seems too thick, that means you will have to grind the oats a bit longer
How to prepare the bath?
Start by putting the oatmeal into a tub. Previously, you should fill it with lukewarm water. Make sure that the temperature is right for your baby as you won’t be able to go back once you fill the tub. It is best if you pour the oatmeal slowly and mix it with your hand as you go. It is necessary to have the even distribution of oatmeal throughout.
The whole bath should last around 20 minutes. You can go a bit longer if you wish so. You can also scrub the baby with your hand. Keep in mind that the oatmeal will make things even more slippery than before. This can be really troublesome as you can easily slip.
Once you’re done, you can simply brush the oatmeal from your child; there is no need to shower it once again. Even if there are some grains left on its body, this won’t be a problem.
This bath therapy is quite intense. You should do it practically every day, and, depending on a case, you might be forced to do it several times a day. No matter what, make sure to consult with your pediatrician beforehand.
How does oatmeal help?
There are lots of reasons why you should use oatmeal baths. They can treat various skin conditions that are common for babies and small children.
Even if a baby doesn’t suffer from any issues, it can also be a good way of hydrating its skin. However, most parents are using it for things such as rashes, irritations, itching, and chronic skin issues.
Here are some of the most common health issues that this organic bath can fix:
- Acne Rash
- Dry skin
- Poison ivy stings
- Insect bites
Always consult your doctor as the treatment lasts. Although there is no problem with taking a periodic oatmeal bath, it is much better to use it when a need arises. The treatment is rather straightforward, but it does take some time.