The consequences of diaper use are faced by ailing, bedridden patients and elderly people, and babies. Use of diapers is a necessity in recent times. To use them properly and then even wash and clean them perfectly is very important. Often oatmeal bath for diaper rash is recommended by various experts as it has many benefits.
The article has a rough discussion on the use of oatmeal bath and its effect on the user. Besides relief from diaper rashes, it’s utility to cure other skin diseases are also discussed here.
How Are Diapers Harmful?
Babies and infants mostly suffer from diaper rash. At times, unchanged diapers, wet diapers or excess of perspiration from a baby’s body leads to several skin rashes and itching. To avoid this, certain precautions are required. Natural methods are the best acceptable ones and one among them is an oatmeal bath for diaper rash(1).
Homemade Remedies for Diaper Rash
Diaper remains wet how much it might soak, if not changed timely. The wetness/urine in the diaper wetness/urine in the diaper has harmful contents like urea, several chemicals which affect the skin harshly. So children often suffer from redness and rashes. However, remedies to overcome the problem are available. Some of them are:
- If at home, try and avoid the use of diapers. Do not reuse diapers.
- After the diaper is removed, clean the area dry with a cotton cloth tenderly and apply powder or a moisturizer.
- Since the skin of a baby is quite soft and sensitive, avoid applying chemical ingredients and use more and use more herbal products.
Recipe for Oatmeal Bath
Your baby will feel comfortable if you give he baby an oatmeal bath for diaper rash (2). Oatmeal bath is a solution to many skin problems like rashes, itching, sensitive skins, even eczema. To know how to make an oatmeal bath recipe, read on…
1. Add Oatmeal to Warm Water Directly:
First, and the most popular way is to grind the oatmeal finely until it attains a powder-like powder-like texture. Grind the oatmeal in mixer, coffee grinder or in any normal grinders.
Use of normal oats available in the market is recommended. Add the ground oatmeal powder to the warm water to be used for bath.
Verify whether the mixture is evenly distributed in the warm water. Try some other additives like nourishing oils, fragrances or some other natural herbal materials.
All of it will add to the nourishment of the skin. Apart from curing diaper rashes, oatmeal baths can soothe the skin and refresh the whole day’s fatigue.
Soak yourself or your baby in this bath for about 10 minutes. In case of an infant, be careful about the degree of warmth of the bathing water.
[Read: Baking Soda Bath For Diaper Rash]
2. Bag the Oatmeal and Use:
Apart from grinding the oatmeal, the whole grains can be bagged in a clean cloth and used for bath. Muslin or a cotton cloth is best for oatmeal bath bags. This bath is more comfortable.
In this procedure, the whole oatmeal is poured inside the bag with other desired additives. Users are advised to add a teaspoon full of baking soda. This retains and balances the pH level of water.
Coffee filter papers can also be used for bagging the oatmeal. But according to the skin type, disease or itching, add extra ingredients.
If the skin is too sensitive, the infection might get aggravated by the use of these materials. Use of a clean and dust free cloth is pivotal for preparing the bag.
In case of use of the bag for a baby, one must be very careful about the use of the type of cloth and the added ingredients.
After the bag is prepared, put it inside the warm water so that it gets mixed and diffused in the water. Let the bag remain inside the water till the time you soak yourself or the baby.
The bag is more convenient for use than an oatmeal mixture bath because it infuses in the water and the body well.
Maintaining proper hygiene and cleanliness can always cut down on any skin diseases.
In spite of all these, sensitivity can pop up anytime. People who had mistaken oats as just a diet food to regulate weight loss are disillusioned now with the huge spread of its use as an herbal bath. It definitely treats skin diseases well.