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Any ideas on where did the idea of having oatmeal baths for measles arrive and is there any reason it would help?
It may help: Itchy, dry skin often gets some relief with oatmeal baths and so you may get some relief with that for your symptoms. Severe poison ivy will not likely respond much to the oatmeal. Calamide lotion, Benadryl (diphenhydramine) may help itching. If really bad symptoms, consult doc for stronger topical and/or oral steroids. Good luck. ...Read more
My 11 month old has chicken pox, should I take him to emergency? We are in day 5 and he isn't sleeping, crying a lot we are in day 5, he isn't sleeping, crys a lot, has pox on his right eyelid, on his genitals, we give him oatmeal baths, rub coconut oil o
Chicken : Chicken pox is pretty miserable - I am so sorry your little one has it! if your child is inconsolably crying, then you should contact his doctor. His doctor may want to examine him to make sure he doesn't have chicken pox involvement of his eyes, ears, or other more concerning and painful areas. Having him seen sooner rather than later is the safest way to go since he can't tell you what hurts. Good luck! ...Read more
11 mo son has hand foot mouth disease. Doc said it's a bad version. He has horrible blisters/rash even on his bottom. Are warm water baths ok? I read about oatmeal baths. Good idea?
Yes: Good idea. I have great success with hand foot and mouth with the homeopathic remedy pulsatilla. You may also try homeopathic rhus toxicodendron for all the blisters. You can give both together. Dissolve pellets in water and give a dropper 3x a dy for 2-3 days. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Steel Cut Oats: You can make your own oatmeal bath product by putting 1/2 cup of steel cut oats and mixed into your bathwater. Oat baths are helpful when someone is itching due to insect bites as well as with itchy infections such as chicken pox. Make sure you drain the bath water with large amounts of water so you don''t create an oatmeal plug in your drain. ...Read more
Reduces itching: The fine powder derived from milling oats is often packaged & sold as an additive for medicinal soaks. The product promotes tissue hydration & seems to provide a relief from itching to most patients.It seems to work better in lukewarm soaks than hot but some prefer either. ...Read more
No: It is unlikely that this would do anything other than create a mess. There is a over the counter product made during the milling of oats these packets of aveno and some generic copies are helpful if used as directed. ...Read more
You don't: An "oatmeal" bath is not made using oat meal. During the process of milling oats, a fine dust like powder is created. That fine powder is known for it's soothing qualities when added to a lukewarm bath.If you dump oatmeal in a tub you will just get a mess.The powder is packaged & sold & that's what you need if you want to try it. ...Read more