Oatmeal is no doubt one of the best breakfast meals. It contains fiber, minerals and can significantly improve one’s blood sugar and cholesterol levels. However, if you presume it is only for consumption, think again.
Throughout the generations, people have used it to combat skin conditions and relieve constipation. Oatmeal is also added to a baby’s bath water. Here are the benefits of an oatmeal bath for baby.
Soothes Baby’s Skin
A baby’s skin is soft and is susceptible to itching and inflammation. A study by Tufts University found oats contain polyphenols which easily sooth irritated and itching skin. Polyphenols have anti-proliferative, anti-itching, and anti-inflammatory properties.
For your baby, you do not have to buy creams or bath products made from oats, merely grind the regular oatmeal you consume for breakfast and add to their bath water.
Oatmeal is a natural way to lock in the body’s moisture, protect the skin, and soothe any irritation or itching.
Most toddlers, infants, and newborns suffer from diaper rash due to their sensitive skin. Diaper rash is caused by friction between the baby’s skin and the wet diaper. The rash can be quite painful and can last up to three days.
An oatmeal bath will help ease your baby’s pain. Oats will dry and soothe the skin. Place your baby in an oatmeal bath for 5-10 minutes and wipe them gently after the shower.
Most babies under the age of 5 suffer from eczema. Eczema is characterized by red patches on your baby’s skin. This condition is itchy and can cause inflammations on the skin surface.
Johnson & Johnson conducted a study that proved colloidal oatmeal is effective and safe. No participant from the case study reported any side effects.
Moisturizes Dry Skin
Ever wondered how some babies you see on the street have such perfect, moisturized skin? Well, the answer is oatmeal baths. Women in different cultures have used this product in their beauty regimes, even Cleopatra did.
Oats will work to moisturize your baby’s dry skin and keep it from cracking.
Babies depend on their parents for protection. But, it is tough to spot a tiny insect that intends to harm your baby. An insect bite is characterized by red bumps and can be painful and itchy, especially mosquito bites.
An oatmeal bath is an old remedy that will reduce the swelling, itching, and pain from your baby’s skin.
Other skin conditions that can be treated with an oatmeal bath:
- Baby acne
- Poison ivy
Two Methods of Preparing the Perfect Oatmeal Bath for Baby
♦ Method 1: The first method requires you to make an oatmeal bath bag. Put a cup of whole oats in a muslin bag. Tie it with a cord to resemble a tea bag and then insert it in the bathing water.
♦ Method 2: This method requires you to blend the oats into a fine powder, pour it directly into the bath water and stir.
You should use gluten-free oats if your baby has celiac disease or reacts to gluten. Also, note that a combination of ground oats and water makes the bath slippery, so be very careful when getting the baby out of the tub.
An oatmeal bath for your baby will help heal diaper rash, moisturize and soothe their skin. You can use the above methods to create the perfect oatmeal bath for baby.
- J Drugs Dermatol. 2007 Feb;6(2):167-70. “Colloidal oatmeal: history, chemistry and clinical properties”.
- “How to relieve itchy skin”- www.aad.org
- “Diaper rash”- www.healthychildren.org