A few weeks ago, one of my littles was experiencing an idiopathic rash. It was absolutely frustrating to try and decipher what was causing it as nothing has changed in his little microcosm. Even so, I had basics to help support his overactive immune system and reduce the minor discomfort he was experiencing on his skin.
Colloidal Oatmeal: Is simply, milky oats. According to a 2012 study, colloidal oatmeal can protect skin and soothe the itching and irritation from eczema. The same study indicates that colloidal oatmeal can also act as a buffer to help maintain skin surface pH. It works wonders for skin rashes, including eczema and other common skin irritants.
How to make colloidal oatmeal
To make colloidal oatmeal you can start with regular oatmeal.
- Put 1 cup oatmeal into a blender, coffee grinder, or food processor and grind it into a fine, consistent powder. If the oatmeal isn’t fine enough, it won’t mix into the bathwater and will sink to the bottom of the tub. To keep it from being messy, add to a nut milk bag.
- If the powder doesn’t turn the water milky and silky, it hasn’t been ground fine enough. Keep grinding until the test liquid turns out properly.
TO MAKE A BATH: I added a nut milk bag of colloidal oatmeal in warm (not hot) water. I gave this bath 5 days in a row, even after the rash had calmed and began to disappear.