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.
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.
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!