Often I am asked how to treat dry skin or cradle cap in newborns. There are, of course, many ways, but my favorite choice is coconut oil. It is natural, benefits many different situations, and these days most of us have it on hand. Coconut oil is mild and it smells good. As always, moderation is the best plan.
I keep my coconut oil in the refrigerator. Thus, it is solid. This makes it easy to control how much I use. I tell parents, rub your finger on the block of coconut oil and then on the dry skin area on your infant. The amount of coconut oil that actually makes it to your baby is minimal. Wait a few hours and see how your baby’s skin is affected before using more. If all is well try it again. If the area is red or the dryness worsens try something else.
Below is an article discussing 20 different ways to use coconut oil. When trying new items with your infant try them one a time. Wait a day or two to see how your baby reacts. When introducing anything new to your baby you want to do it one item at a time. This is true with foods, cleaning products, baby soaps or lotions, etc. If you introduce items one at a time and there is a negative reaction you know immediately what caused it. If you provide numerous new things all at once and there is a problem you have to go back and try them one at a time to discover the problem.
I hope these suggestions are of great benefit to you and your family! JUDY
Coconut oil is all these rage these days. It has literally become the go-to treatment for most anything. This is because it truly is powerful stuff. It is an all-natural healer that is affordable and readily available, so why not take advantage of its magic?
Coconut oil is the most nourishing oil you can put onto your child’s skin. The small molecular structure of coconut oil allows for easy absorption through the skin and into the cell structure of the connective tissues. This means that it has the ability to actually restore damaged or diseased skin. Coconut oil will also have lasting benefits, unlike most lotions and creams designed to “heal” external issues.
While there are some pretty obvious ways in which infants and children can benefit from coconut oil, there are also a few others you may have overlooked. Below are 20 ways that you can use coconut oil on infants and children.
- Allergies/Hay Fever – rub a little inside the nostrils for quick relief. The pollen will cling to the oil.
- Baby Acne – apply a thin layer onto areas affected with baby acne twice daily until gone. Read more about how coconut oil works for acne.
- Bruises – applied directly to the bruise, coconut oil enhances the healing process by reducing swelling and redness.
- Bug Bites and Stings – when applied directly to a bug bite or sting, coconut oil can stop the itching and burning sensation as well as hasten the healing process.
- Burns – apply to burn site immediately and continue applying until healed. Will reduce the chances of permanent scarring and promotes healing.
- Chicken Pox – taken internally and applied topically, it relieves itching, reduces inflammation, and reduces the severity and duration of the illness.
- Cradle Cap – having issues with dry skin on your baby’s scalp? Coconut oil will not only nourish your baby’s skin, it also helps eliminate cradle cap. Just rub a teaspoon onto scalp daily.
- Croup – mamas around the globe swear by a mixture of coconut oil and essential oils rubbed onto their child’s chest.
- Diaper Rash Salve – very comforting on a rashy bum with no harsh chemicals. Also safe for cloth diapers.
- Ear Infection – place a few drops inside the ear twice daily for relief from pain. Also fights the infection itself.
- Hang Nails – apply to the hang nail to prevent infection and promote healing.
- Healing – when applied on scrapes and cuts, coconut oil forms a thin, chemical layer which protects the wound from outside dust, bacteria and viruses. Coconut oil speeds up the healing process by repairing damaged tissues. Plus, it smells a heck-of-a-lot better than anything from the pharmacy.
- Lice – for detailed information, please read my post on coconut oil and head lice.
- Poop Repellent – sticky meconium or a case of acidic poop is no fun. Rub baby’s bottom with coconut oil and it will form a barrier which also makes poop slide right off. Easy clean up!
- Ringworm – apply coconut oil to the area 8-10 times per day until healed.
- Soft Spot Strengthener –rub coconut oil on the baby’s soft spot to help fortify the area.
- Sty Treatment – apply a dab of coconut oil three times daily directly onto sty.
- Sun Burn Relief – rub liberal amounts of coconut oil onto the affected area.
- Sunscreen – coconut oil alone can offer some degree of sun protection however, it works even better when used in conjunction with other oils that contain natural SPF.
- Teething Pain Reliever – rub directly onto gums of teething babies and children to ease the pain.
If you are interested in learning more about the powers of coconut oil, please check out 333 Uses For Coconut Oil.
Do you use coconut oil on your children? How has it helped? Share here!
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