Oatmeal Baths for Eczema

Oatmeal Baths for Eczema

Jennie Lyon

Oatmeal Baths for Eczema

Eczema can impact just about every aspect of your life, whether you have it or your child has it. The problem is that there is just so much information out there on the Internet. So what should and shouldn’t you trust?

In our experience, there are a few things that we know work. Wet wrap therapy for eczema, for example, absolutely helps eczema in children. By using an Eczema Rescue Suit and an eczema ointment to lock moisture into the skin, you can help prevent flare ups and calm existing ones. But are there any other methods that can be used to calm the red, irritated, itchy eczema?

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One Option is an Oatmeal Bath.

An oatmeal bath is an eczema home remedy that soothes the itch, brings down inflammation and has moisturizing properties. Oatmeal baths were known to help the itch of chicken pox before immunizations made this disease disappear. Now this tried and true method can be used with great success for eczema flares.

Below are 8 Simple Steps for an Oatmeal Bath for Eczema

  1. Purchase a Nut Milk Bag.  These are available on-line at Amazon, Target or Bed Bath and Beyond. You can skip this step but it prevents a mess in your tub.
  2. Take 1 cup oats and put into a food processor and blend on medium high for 1 minute.
  3. Add blended oats to nut milk bag.
  4. Full tub with lukewarm water and add the bag to the water.
  5. Soak in the tub for 15 minutes. 
  6. After 15 minutes rinse off well and pat dry with a clean towel.
  7. Immediately apply an eczema emollient.
  8. Dress in eczema clothing.
  9. For extra relief try adding 1/2 cup epsom salt or coconut oil.

The bottom line is that, unless your child has a trigger related to oatmeal, an oatmeal bath will not hurt them and can provide amazing relief.  

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