Oatmeal Diet Plan - Bath for Chicken Pox
Make your own oatmeal bath
Oatmeal baths are relaxing and soothing, especially when your skin feels itchy (as during a bout of chicken pox or poison ivy rash) or when it is inflamed (as a result of allergies, insect bites, or sunburn). Oatmeal is excellent for your skin, smells good, and leaves your skin feeling soft.
If your doctor recommends you give your child an oatmeal bath, you can buy a commercially-prepared product or you can make your own.
You'll need a blender and 1 cup of oatmeal. You can use instant oatmeal, quick oats or slow cooking oats. For babies, you'll only need about 1/3 cup per oatmeal bath.
Blend the oats on the highest setting until you have a very fine powder. To test, stir 1 tablespoon of the ground oats into a glass of warm water. If the oats readily absorb the water and give it a milky look and a silky feel, you've blended long enough.
The oatmeal used to relieve itching is colloidal oatmeal. Colloidal oatmeal is prepared differently than breakfast oatmeal. With colloidal oatmeal, the oats are ground very finely or even pulverized.
Giving a oatmeal bath
Sprinkle the oatmeal into a tub of lukewarm running water and stir with several times to ensure even distribution. Feel for clumps and break up any you find.
Assist your child into the tub as the oats will make the tub more slippery than usual. Allow your child to soak in the oatmeal bath for 15-20 minutes and pat dry with a soft towel rather than rubbing. The act of gently patting the skin dry helps retain moisture, what is crucial to maintaining skin health in those who suffer from allergic dermatitis and eczema. You can use this oatmeal bath once or twice a day.
Uses of oatmeal baths
- Chicken pox
- Poison ivy, oak and sumac
- Dry skin
- Insect bites
- Diaper rash
- Anal itching (often from pinworms)
- Windburn, Sunburn or Shingles
When taking a oatmeal bath, it's important it does not get into the eyes avoiding irritation. Also, if the itchy area is inflamed, it is best to avoid a oatmeal bath.