DIY – Colloidal Oatmeal Bath

My kids all have eczema or have had at some point in their life. There are lots of options out there to help relieve it, from different creams and lotions to oils and prescription treatments when it gets really bad. One option out there I like is Colloidal Oatmeal baths which my doctor did recommend to help my kids.
You can buy packets of the oatmeal bath from the drug store for about $7.00 for 5 single use packs, or you can make it yourself for way less! Think about how cheap a whole sack of oats is!

First, don’t let the word “colloidal” make you think it is some “special” type of oats. Colloidal oatmeal is simply oats ground into an extremely fine powder. When added to bathwater, it makes the bath looks milky. The oatmeal stays in the water and doesn’t just sink to the bottom. When you get into the tub, the colloidal oatmeal feels silky, as it coats, moisturizes and softens your skin.

I use a coffee grinder. I was never using the one I owned for coffee beans anyway, but if you do grind your own coffee, I recommend buying an additional grinder.

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I use about 1/3 cup per bath. Simply grind the oats until it is really fine. Too make sure it is ground enough add a bit to some warm water. If it dissolves quickly then it is ready.
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Add the ground oatmeal under the running water and stir up the bath with your hand until it is dissolved.

A daily 15-20 minute lukewarm bath is what I do.

Hope this saves you some money and helps keep your baby’s skin soft and silky!


4 thoughts on “DIY – Colloidal Oatmeal Bath

  1. Our boys have a touch of the eczema, so we may have to try this. We’ve been using some sheep’s milk soap or some nonsense recently, but if this works, all the better! Thanks.

  2. The oatmeal baths really helped my teenage kids when they both got chicken pox ages 14 & 18. I wish I knew about your method then. I purchased a lot of Aveno! They are grown now and my granddaughter had eczema really bad even in her hair. I was reading on this site about the benefits of coconut oil and told my daughter about it and she started using it on the affected areas of her body and in her head too! In two days her skin was clear and in about one weeks her head was clear. We all use it now for our skin, hair, for cooking and eating also. It’s GREAT. We purchase it now at Costco. The brand name is Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Cold Pressed. Thanks for sharing.

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