Both my son and daughter suffer from Eczema and we did try giving them an oatmeal bath as an Eczema cure.
Eczema is a skin condition that, on my kids anyway, results in red rashes on the skin in the folds of their elbows, backs of knees and in the folds of their neck. I was looking for a cure for this problem as at this point we are putting on a steroidal cream on the eczema to get rid of it and it kind of burns when we are smoothing it in.
I have found one cure online and it is thanks to about.com. The Oatmeal Bath is supposed to help to get rid of these sores and tonight I tried it out with my son. I will have to post again over the next couple of days to let you know if this works to get rid of the eczema at least temporarily. Here are the instructions for creating a Oatmeal Bath.
Eczema Cure – Oatmeal Bath
To try this eczema cure and to make an oatmeal bath, which is more like an oatmeal soup I found, you’ll need a blender, food processor or coffee grinder and 1 cup of oatmeal. You can use instant oatmeal (unflavored), quick oats or slow cooking oats- all work equally as well. For babies, you’ll only need about 1/3 cup per bath.
Blend or process the oats on the highest setting until you have a very fine, consistent powder. To test the colloid property of the oats, stir 1 tablespoon oats into a glass of warm water. If the oats readily absorb the water and give it a milky look and a silky feel, you’ve blended long enough.
Giving an Eczema Cure Oatmeal bath
Sprinkle the oats into a tub of running water and stir the water with your hand several times to ensure even distribution. Feel along the bottom of the tub for clumps and break up any you find.
Take care assisting your child into the tub as the oats will make the tub even more slippery than usual. Allow your child to soak in the tub for 15-20 minutes and pat dry with a soft towel rather than rubbing.
You can use this bath once or twice a day or more frequently as your doctor advises.
Common uses for Oatmeal Baths:
- Chicken pox
- Poison Ivy, Oak and Sumac
- Dry skin
- Insect bites
- Diaper rash
- Anal itching (often from pinworms)
When I did this oatmeal bath for the kids I found that they were a little nervous getting in as it looked milkyish. After they got in it was fine though and in fact it did help their eczema. Try it out and let us all know what you find. There are other baths as well besides an oatmeal bath and I will try my best to post more of them.
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