Bare Calming Oat Soak

A Finnish product by Bare Nuhcessities

I don't know what to tell you aside from this being just plain ol' oatmeal - used for bathing.

This little box of 8 oat sachets contain organic oatmeal and no other unnecessary ingredients to provide your baby (and you if you like) with a nice warm bath of oats to gently cleanse, soothe, moisturise and protect your baby's natural skin.

Apparently, there are many benefits and healing reasons why you should be taking a bath in oatmeal. But first, what are oatmeal baths?

Since centuries ago (dating back to Roman times), people have been using oatmeal for skin care. Today, special formulations have been recognised in a variety of skin care products from lotions to bath soaps for users of all ages. This is mainly because oatmeal contains vitamin E, ferulic acid and avenanthramide - making them great antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, and moisture-retainers.

If you're looking at its healing properties, here are some skin conditions that oatmeal is able to treat:
  • diaper rash
  • dry, itchy skin
  • eczema
  • chickenpox
  • contact dermatitis
  • atopic dermatitis
  • psoriasis
  • insect bites

Are oatmeal baths safe for babies?
If you are just like me, this is definitely something you should be asking (literally about any products at all when using them on your baby, even if they claim to be all natural and organic!)

Even though oatmeal is generally safe, it is also safe to note that each one of us is different. Making it possible that one of us could experience an allergic reaction to the components of oatmeal. Instead of making you and your baby feel better, it could allergic reactions could cause symptoms like itching and redness, things you don't want happening to your baby.

So it is always best to try a patch test prior to bathing your child in an oatmeal bath. What you can do is apply a small amount of oatmeal (mixed in warm water) to the back of your baby's hand, and rinse off after about 15 minutes. 

If there are no signs of a reaction, oatmeal is safe to use continuously! If you are still unsure if it is safe, you can always consult your pediatrician to get confirmation.


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