Stop The Itch: Soothing Homemade Oatmeal Baths {natural remedies}

30 Jul

If you have a little one with eczema, you’re probably looking for a steroid-free way to treat the tender skin.  I want to share the one natural remedy that has worked for my little lady – oatmeal baths.  It’s fairly simple if you prep the oatmeal ahead of time (instructions below), it’s extremely soothing and inexpensive to boot.  It’s more effective than using a store-bought oatmeal lotion and has been proven to stop or at least lessen the itch.

Here’s how to make an oatmeal bath:

Step 1:  Grind 2 cups of oatmeal in a food processor until it looks like a rough powder (almost like oat flour, but not quite as fine).

eczema relief with oatmeal bath natural remedy

Step 2:  Place ground oats inside a stocking (a knee-high works best).  The easiest way to do this is to stretch the stocking around the rim of a glass to keep it open and spoon the oats into the opened stocking.

eczema relief homemade oatmeal bath for baby

Step 3:  Place oat-filled stocking over the faucet as you fill the bathtub with luke warm water (warm, as opposed to hot water is better for eczema).  Squeeze the wet oats through the stocking as the warm water runs over it and you will get more of the sticky oat substance into the water.

Step 4:  Tie the used oats in the stocking and continue to squeeze the sticky oat substance through the stocking and wipe it on your little one’s eczema patches.  Let it sit on the skin for several minutes.

Step 5:  Rinse with plain water (it’s actually fine to leave the oat water on the skin so you don’t actually need to use fresh water to rinse).

I have found that the most moisturizing lotion for my little lady’s eczema is actually vaseline.  Vaseline seals in the moisture so I use that on all of her scaly spots.

While we used a short span of over-the-counter steroid cream to ultimately get rid of the eczema outbreak, we have successfully kept it away with the oatmeal/ vaseline routine.  Hope this works for your little one!

Note:  Please note that I am not a doctor. This information is meant purely for informational purposes and is not meant to replace the advice given to you by your pediatrician.  You should check with your doctor before using any natural or home remedies to treat your baby or toddler’s eczema.

4 Responses to “Stop The Itch: Soothing Homemade Oatmeal Baths {natural remedies}”

  1. Rachel July 30, 2012 at 2:33 pm #

    Will this work for Mosquito or other bug bites, or summer rashes (prickly heat, poison ivy etc.) ?

    • hiphostess July 31, 2012 at 3:49 pm #

      Yes, I think it would work well for those too – particularly poision ivy- since it helps take away the itch and is moisturizing. Thanks for pointing that out! Though I would be careful about touching any poison ivy exposed skin and would probably use gloves to rub the oatmeal onto the effected areas.

  2. torylw August 24, 2012 at 3:42 pm #

    I’ve heard oatmeal baths are good for a bad diaper rash too. Maybe??

    • hiphostess August 27, 2012 at 2:45 pm #

      I haven’t heard that but it totally makes sense and is definitely worth a try. Let us know if you find that it helps.

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