Hi, my hedgehog Norah is getting dry skin because of the quilling proccess and I have been trying to make her comfortable. I heard of oatmeal baths for a while now and I want to know if it really works! Can anyone give me intructions on how to do it? :?
You can either get the Aveeno Oatmeal Bath Packets or just get a container of regular non-instant oatmeal put some in a sock and wait for the oats to moisten in the sock and squeeze it a bit in the water and you'll have an oatmeal bath. The sock method is nice in case you have to drain the sink or tub because of hedgehog poop
You can buy packets of Aveeno oatmeal bath powder and just add that to a sink of warm water, or if you want to go the budget route, tie a handful of quick cooking oatmeal into a scrap of cloth, drop it in the bathwater, and gently squeeze it a few times until the water is cloudy.
I've heard some people say to put some raw oats in a sock and swish it around in the bath water, but all I can think of is "Eew, mushy oatmeal in my sock" so I put my oats in one of the snack size plastic baggies, press it shut, and then use the tip of my exacto knife to punch little holes in the bottom inch of the bag all the way around, making it a throw-away strainer. I then swish this around in the bathwater and toss it after the bath is over!
I use my kitchen sink for these oatmeal baths because it is bigger and more level on the bottom than my sloped bathroom sink, so it's easier on my quill kids and I don't have to worry about them escaping ^_^
Also, try dripping some flaxseed oil right on her back, and then wash a bit of water over her back, to spread the oil a bit (or, just drip without washing it off, that works too). That helped Misha a lot when he had dry skin.