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How to make an oatmeal bath for your toddler (and the benefits!)

Section: Baby care

Oatmeal doesn't just make a great nutritional breakfast for busy parents and weaned little ones, but it also has some amazing benefits for your baby's skin! 

While most skincare products are great for your baby's skin in its time of need, an oat bath is a natural way of helping to soothe different kinds of skin irritations.

What is an oatmeal bath?

An oatmeal bath is a homemade, natural remedy that can help reduce redness and soothe irritated skin as oatmeal is rich in calcium and vitamins that have great benefits to your little ones skin. Made from just blended oatmeal and hot water, an oatmeal bath is incredibly easy to make for your baby and doesn't take more than a few minutes to make either.

What skin conditions can it help?

Your baby has very sensitive skin and often natural products are best for helping to aid skin irritations. 

Here are some of the skin problems that a warm oatmeal bath can help soothe: 

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1) Chickenpox

These irritating little spots can be a big problem to your little ones as they might have an urge to itch all the time. But an oatmeal bath will help to soothe the itching feeling.
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2) Dry skin

Dry skin can cause discomfort for your baby. Oats have natural soothing properties than can help to soften dry skin and reduce redness. Regular oat baths can help to prevent dry skin and redness from flaring up, too.
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3) Hives

Similar to chickenpox, hives can be itchy or even feel like they're burning. They can be incredibly uncomfortable and creams don't always do the trick. A normal bath could even irritate the hives more, but a nice, warm oatbath could do the trick and help to reduce the redness of the skin and soothe the burning sensation. 
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4) Eczema

Eczema is very common in little ones and it can be sometimes hard to keep on top of the inflammed skin, and not all creams help to soothe flare ups either. A 10 to 15 minute soak in an oat bath will help moisturise skin and reduce redness. Just gently pat your little one dry after their bath too.
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5) Nappy rash

An oatmeal bath can help to relieve the redness or soreness on your little ones bum, which can be caused by prolonged use of nappies. Gently pat the area with a soft cloth when your baby is in the oatmeal bath. It's a great alternative to nappy creams

How to make an oatmeal bath

Making an oatmeal bath is simple, meaning you can quickly whip up a couple of batches ready for your baby's bathtime!

You can stuff a pair of tights or muslin cloth with half a cup of oats and tie it to prevent any spillages, and dip it into a warm bath a few times. You can then use the oat-filled cloth to pat your little ones skin, especially on the sore areas.

Another way to make an oatmeal bath is:

- Blend 100g of oatmeal until it looks like powder.

- Slowly add a little bit at a time to a warm bath, making sure it dissolves, (the bath would appear white).

Either way you make it, let your little one soak in the bath a little longer, to help soothe those skin irritations!

  • Author: Samantha Ball Samantha Ball
  • Job Title: Freelance writer

Samantha is a mum of one, in a house full of boys. Her hobbies are long hikes, coffee tasting, and being a bit of an *obsessive* cleaner.

She also runs a blog Student Mum Diaries about what it’s like to be a student mum. 


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