Coconut oil for babies? Yes, coconut oil is the latest cooking and beauty craze at the moment, credible for its fatty acids and organic blends, but what would you say if I told you coconut for babies was the latest parenting hack? Here are some incredibly beneficial reasons to add coconut oil to your baby essentials list.
1. Teething pain reliever
If your child is teething, coconut oil could be your saviour! Rub the coconut oil directly onto the gums of teething babies and children or add a drop on to their favourite teething toys to ease the pain.
What makes coconut oil so effective in combating lice? The fatty content of the coconut oil, which persists on the hair and lice subsequent to washing, essentially suffocates the lice and makes it harder for them to maintain their grip on the hair. This makes it easier to wipe those lice straight out of children’s hair. Amazing!
3. Allergies & hayfever
Is your little one struggling with allergies? Rub a little coconut oil for babies inside the nostrils for quick relief. The pollen will cling to the oil and you can reduce symptoms of allergies quickly. Visit The hay fever sufferer’s ultimate survival guide for more tips.
4. Baby acne
Apply a thin layer of coconut oil onto affected areas with baby acne twice daily until the acne fades. The reason this works so well is that coconut oil contains large amounts of lauric acid which is well known for being very antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral. These antiseptic essential fatty acids found in coconut oil help prevent and eliminate bacterial infections when taken orally or applied directly to the skin.
Coconut oil is also a well-known cooling oil, which is great for hot, inflamed skin (which is what a lot of acne prone skin is). Your skin may not feel hot, but in Eastern medicine, acne prone skin has the property of too much “heat” or “warmth.” So using an oil that cools skin down is a good thing. Apply to the burn immediately and continue applying until healed. This will reduce the chances of permanent scarring and promotes healing.
6. Chicken pox
Chicken pox are every parent’s worst nightmare! So to ease the pain and itching, use coconut oil both internally and apply topically. This will relieve itching, reduce inflammation, and reduces the severity and duration of the illness.
7. Cradle cap
Are you having issues with dry skin on your baby’s scalp? Coconut oil will not only nourish your baby’s skin, but it also helps eliminate cradle cap. Just rub a teaspoon onto scalp daily.
8. Nappy rash
Coconut oil for babies is very comforting on a rashy bum and contains no harsh chemicals, unlike some baby wipes and products. It is also safe for nappies and doesn’t enhance existing nappy rash, who knew?
9. Ear infection
Place a few drops inside the ear twice daily for relief from pain for children. The ingredients in olive oil also fight the infection itself. So you can say goodbye to any ear ache from your child, well, for a while!
When applied on scrapes and cuts, coconut oil forms a thin, chemical layer that protects the wound from outside dust, bacteria and viruses. It then speeds up the healing process by repairing damaged tissues. Plus, it smells a heck-of-a-lot better than anything from your pharmacy.
Coconut oil can be applied directly onto the bruise, as the ingredients enhance the healing process by reducing swelling and redness. So if your little one has a little bruise, this is the perfect remedy.
12. Sun protection
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. Combine your normal sun protection routine with this miracle product for the ultimate protection!
13. Coconut oil for babies massage oil
Next time you have a little massage time with your little bundle, try using coconut oil instead of store-bought lotion or massage oil. This is extra soothing and will keep your baby relaxed during your down time together.
Put a few drops in your baby’s bath to instantly moisturise their skin. The coconut oil will soak into the skin and help keep it fresh and smooth.
Is your baby battling eczema? Instead of topical steroids, try coconut oil. The anti-inflammatory properties might just help calm down the rash.
16. Mosquito bites
As the weather warms and the bugs come out and start biting your kids, rub a little coconut oil on the bites to help relieve itchiness. It works like a charm!
17. Smooth hair
When your baby is born, hair is soft and silky. But sometimes they can develop dry and unmanageable hair. While your baby is still small, it can be difficult to comb their hair so wet their hair during bath time and apply a tiny amount of coconut oil for babies evenly onto their hair. You can also massage coconut oil for baby hair at night and wash it off in the morning.
18. Dry & chapped lips
Babies are even more sensitive to temperature than we are and their lips risk drying out faster than ours. Take a clean q tip and dip a small amount into coconut oil and apply on and around the lips to keep them healthy and hydrated.
19. Chest rub for a cold
Having a cold may make it difficult for your baby to breathe and, if left untreated, it may develop into a fever. Use coconut oil as a chest rub to help decongest the nose and chest area by mixing it with an essential oil like peppermint or eucalyptus oil. Warm up the oil and rub it on your baby’s chest and coconut oil for babies prevails again!
20. Treating baby thrush
Thrush is common in babies and shows up in a nasty rash. Take some coconut oil and rub it in between your fingers to make it warm. Pat the coconut oil in your baby’s mouth and it will reduce the condition and prevent it from coming back.
21. Coconut oil for babies toothpaste
Once your baby is a few months old, you can start massaging their gums to help improve his or her dental hygiene. If you are worried about the safe use of toothpaste, but also want to ensure your baby’s teeth and gums are clean, you can use coconut oil for babies as a natural alternative.
22. Baby’s sick nose
Use coconut oil for babies as a natural antiviral and antibacterial moisturiser. Rub around your baby’s nose when they are sick and this will help heal the infection.
23. Dry skin all over
Last but not least, coconut oil for babies is a great use for recovering their dry skin and making sure it is hydrated and healthy!
So there are my 23 remarkable reasons to use coconut for babies, can you think of any? Get in touch and don’t forget to share the secret with other mums!