DIY Colloidal Oatmeal

This week Ellie has been suffering from a severe "diaper rash" in addition to her already sensitive skin and eczema. :( Ellie's first diaper rash developed before we even left the hospital when she was born and she has had one on and off for the past 14+ months. 

She is so sensitive that her little tush turns bright red when we change brands of diapers, use different wipes, or if she is not changed extremely regularly when she is wet. 

Needless to say, all the products we use in our home and for her care MUST be made for sensitive skin babies! I am sure many mommas out there understand how expensive it can be buying only certain brands... trying to stay on a budget and use what we already had in our home is how I decided to try making COLLOIDAL OATMEAL!

What is colloidal oatmeal? 
Basically, it is oats that are ground into a fine, fine powder. The fine powder can then be dissolved in warm water. 
{RIGHT- original oatmeal; LEFT- colloidal oatmeal}

How do you make colloidal oatmeal? 
Use regular rolled oats (I used "instant" rolled oats since that is what I had in the pantry and it turned out the exact same)

Grind into a fine, fine powder using a food processor, coffee mill, mortar and pestle, etc. (I just used my food processor)

When running a bath of warm water (NOT HOT water!... this will only increase the dryness or irritation of the skin) pour the colloidal oatmeal under the faucet. Once the bath is to desired depth stir the colloidal oatmeal until it dissolves. 

Typical use is 1-3 cups of colloidal oatmeal (depending on the amount of bath water used) and soak for 20-30 minutes

What does colloidal oatmeal treat?
{Ellie soaking with a book}
Just like a eating a bowel of oatmeal, colloidal oatmeal has many health benefits.

It can help relieve dry skin patches, bug bites, psoriasis, eczema, acne, sunburns, and other minor skin irritations. It can also help relieve the itching of poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac, and chicken pox.

(Note: Do not use it on "open" wounds or infections. Do not use it on severely burned skin. Do not use if you or someone in your family is allergic to oats. This site is for information only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your doctor if you have questions, concerns, and before use)

Our results:
Ellie's skin is always so refreshed after a nice long oatmeal bath. It decreases inflammation and helps her skin heal nicely. :)

I love to hear from my readers:
Anyone else have super sensitive-skin babies? Any other ideas or suggestions (especially DIY and natural)?


  1. My son has had eczema since he was born. I started to use Kiss My Face Olive oil bar soap (the one with only 3 ingredients- sodium olivate, water, and sodium chloride). Seems to help. He also used Derma-Smooth as perscribed by his Dr.
    The soap cheapest at Drugstore.com in the multi-pack.

    1. Thanks, Johanna! I will have to look into those! :)