There are many kinds of baths, and it is important that you choose the one most appropriate for your skin type. But when making a bath for your child, you need to be very considerate of the fact that children have extremely sensitive skin.
This means you cannot use any product that may be even slightly harsh on the skin. So what kind of products should you use? Well, we recommend an oatmeal bath.
That’s right, an oatmeal bath. While this may sound extremely absurd, but it definitely works wonders for that soft baby skin.
Regardless of whether your child is suffering from itching on the skin or certain skin conditions such as eczema, this bath would take away all that discomfort and effectively soothe the skin.
How to Make One?
Before you rush to the bathroom and dump rolled oats into your bathtub, know that there is indeed a proper way of brewing up an oatmeal bath, because we also have to be considerate of the plumbing.
You would need just one ingredient that would make your bath for you and that is called an oatmeal flour. This is extremely powdery and hence dissolves very easily in water, giving you a milk-like texture that feels very silky to the touch.
This oatmeal powder is called colloidal oatmeal, but it’s fine if you are not able to find it in the store as you can make it at home as well. All you need is one cup full of raw oats, which you need to grind in a coffee grinder (which does not have any residual coffee in it, obviously).
You can also use a food processor or even a blender for this process, however, make sure that it has enough power to convert the oats into an extremely fine powder. You can test the texture of the powder by mixing one tablespoon into a cup full of water, and if it faces any difficulty in dissolving, you need to put it back in the grinder until it does.
Giving The Bath
Making this bath is certainly easy. First, you fill-up the tub but make sure that the water temperature is slightly on the warmer side, around 100 degrees in Fahrenheit, but not too warm (more than 115 degrees) as that can cause scalding on the child’s skin because it is too sensitive to changes in temperature.
During the tub-filling process, you need to add one cup of the colloidal oatmeal you have in your possession and start stirring it in.
The texture of the water should start feeling silky at this time, and when the oatmeal is completely mixed, that’s when your child’s bath is ready to soak in for around 15 to 20 minutes.
Rinse up the child after that with fresh water, pat dry, and apply a moisture sealant on the skin, like an emollient, around three minutes afterward which would ensure that the newly acquired moisture is not lost to the atmosphere.