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discuss these types of therapeutic baths. oatmeal, lavendar, peppermint?

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Dr. Nela Cordero
Pediatrics 54 years experience
THERAPEUTIC BATH: Oatmeal bath are used for itchy, dry skin lesions. Lavander for relaxing bath and peppermint is for comfort of those achy muscles.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

Is oatmeal and water as a effective as an oatmeal and milk bath?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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No: If you are suffering from itching then water can sometimes make that worse. Your skin needs moisturizers and milk has fat in it that acts as a moisturizer.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

Does oatmeal contain gluten?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Maybe not: Oats and oatmeal are listed as a gluten-containing grain. More recent reports say that oats don't have the gluten proteins but have small amounts of another protein that may cause reactions in some celiac disease patients. Sometimes the same equipment that processes oats also processes wheat, so there can be traces of gluten from the wheat getting into the oats. So, "pure" oats probably are ok.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

How does eating oatmeal lower your cholesterol?

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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Trap: Oatmeal is a fiber rich grain that is able to trap some fat from the gastrointestinal tract and therefore prevent its absorption leading to decrease in cholesterol. It works like a broom to propel junk out.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Can a baby be allergic to oatmeal even though he just started on it?

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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Sure: But what symptoms are you talking about? Allergies are things such as runny eyes or nose, sneezing, hives etc. If we are talking about stomach upset, more likely an intolerance, which is a different body chemistry.
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Whate are the differences between rice and oatmeal cereals? Is there a benefit to more one than the other?

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Dr. Kevin Olson
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Yes: Rice cereal is thinner when mixed and easier to swallow in the transsition from sucking to eating. It is also less allergenic . Oatmeal cereal is thicker and more caloric, whic is a good progression from rice cereal to chewing.

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