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DIY Oatmeal Bath

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My youngest son has eczema. Pretty bad eczema all over his body but his face. The nasty winters in Chicago can wreak havoc on his poor little baby skin. His skin gets dry, itchy and irritated. We lather up on the eczema-friendly lotions and try to get a handle on it the best we can but sometimes it calls for a good ole’ oatmeal bath. Normally I use Aveeno Oatmeal Bath or a similar brand but  last night I was out. The poor little guys is sick so I didn’t want to take him out in the 5 degree weather but his poor skin was giving him the worst time. Normally, he’s okay with it but when kids are sick, they are extra sensitive and winey.

Oatmeal Bath

That got me thinking. Isn’t the oatmeal bath packets that cost me like $6 a box just oatmeal? Am I paying all this extra money for these companies to just grind up oatmeal? It seems so. Well, I’m sure it is “special oatmeal” but in a pinch, I’m sure you could make your own.

Good old Google had the answer for me. Yep, I can make my own oatmeal bath by just putting a cup of oatmeal (regular or quick cook) in a food processor and during it to dust.

So that is just what I did and you can too!


1 cup oatmeal


Oatmeal bath


Mix 1 cup oatmeal in a food processor until you have a very fine powder.

Add ground oatmeal to a bathtub of warm running water and mix around with your hand so that it is evenly distributed. For my child with eczema, I have him soak in the bath for 20 minutes.

That’s it. Instead of buying the expensive oatmeal bath products on the market, why not make your own?

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