As a mother of two taking a holistic approach to parenting was determined to find an alternative to diaper ointment.  It was an unfortunate day I found my cure because I also found my cure to drying out poison ivy!  A dermatologist told me to treat my ivy with oat paste and it worked!  I figured if oatmeal was good for poison ivy, it would be good for diaper rash and it worked better than anything on the market!

Step 1:

Find oat flour at your local grocery store or heatlhfood store.  I usually find it in the baking section and sometimes the gluten free section (depending on the brand).  If you cannot find it, you can simply grind up oats in a coffee grinder.

Step 2:  Put about 1/2 cup into a small bowl.  Add water and mix to a paste consistency.
Step 3:  Apply to the rash and leave it on for about 10-20 minutes.  You can reapply during this time and add water to keep it from drying out.  I usually do this in the bathtub and let them crawl around which helps keep things clean and the babies happy.  If your baby cannot crawl, lay baby on a water proof mat and apply.
Step 4:  As the time moves on, slowly add warm water to the bathtub creating an oatmeal bath for the baby.   I add more oatmeal.  Depending on the rash, it could be  a little or a lot.  I really do not have this down to a science but I know I am generous.
Step 5:  Enjoy a soothing oatmeal bath!

About the author: Clancy Cash Harrison MS, RD, LDN

8 Comments

  1. I think the oatmeal bath would be good for my son when he has his eczema breakouts, which isn’t too often (thankfully)!

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  2. my mom soaked in oatmeal when she got itchy skin syndrome when she was pregnant with my little sis. said it was better than the RX the D gave her!

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  3. Great post! Anything thats natural, I’ll try for my baby. Thanks.

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  4. Interesting! I will have to let my daughter in law know about this:)

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  5. This is a great idea & yes it helps eczema too ;) But I never thought to use it for diaper rash!

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  6. Wow! This is awesome! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Can I use this paste as a cream at every diaper change?

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    • Clancy Cash Harrison MS, RD, LDN

      It dries and gets flaky. It would be a mess but would not be harmful. I love it and use it all the time even with older kids and myself for ANY rash. Thank you for you comment.

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