I am absolutely sure there are more uses for coconut oil, when it comes to baby, than just the 15 I have listed here. When it comes to the magical oil brought to us from tropical paradises, the uses are limited only to your imagination. Walking down the isle of baby products, it is a mixed up mess of mumbo jumbo. It can be hard finding the right one for your baby. You want to do whats best for baby and their sensitive new skin. With countless benefits and variations of mixtures I have let this oil become my creative play ground. I always have multiple jars on hand for various uses around my home. And the natural soothing softness of coconut oil makes it gentle enough for even the most sensitive babies. Also, check out my post on 15 Coconut Oil uses for Mommy 1) Diaper rash
You heard that right. Good old coconut oil which is most likely hiding away in any home can be used to soothe a little bottom's irritation caused by common diaper rash. There is no risk because virgin coconut oil is natural and pure. With it's impressive anti-fungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties, it can even heal yeast infections. It smells amazing and will not ruin cloth diapers like many other bottom rash creams do.
I'm sure you have already heard about the countless benefits of baby massage. So I won't bore you. The subtle aroma of coconut is soothing to baby's senses. The natural oil is nourishing for tender baby's new and sensitive skin.
3) Cradle Cap
Cradle cap is a condition that affects many newborns during their early weeks. The condition is known by a flaky scalp and seems like your baby has dandruff. Milo had this right on the top and front of his scalp for months. It seemed itchy to him and skin would flake off when I brushed. It is also known as seborrheic dermatitis or seborrhea. Coconut oil can work wonders in this situation. I took a tiny bit and rubbed it into his scalp after each bath. It seemed to ease the dry flakiness of his skin and soothe the itch.
Eczema is a condition where patches of skin become very dry and, as a result, is very itchy. The condition often goes away by itself as the baby grows, but it can be uncomfortable and can lead to infection in cases where the baby scratches the dry areas. Use coconut oil, which is a good hydrating agent, and can offer some relief for baby.
5) Teething Teething is one of the hardest phases of growth your baby will go through. During this time baby's mouth is full of pain that can cause them to be irritable and may also interrupt with regular feeding routines. Teething can start as early as four months of age. Coconut oil's natural anti-inflammatory properties can help soothe inflammation that is often caused as part of teething. Place a tiny bit onto your finger or baby tooth/gum brush and rub onto gums and inside of cheeks. 6) Smoothing Hair / Growing Hair Maybe your baby was born with wild roaring locks and you are in need of some help in managing that ferocious mop. Use a tiny bit of coconut oil and comb/brush through. On the flip side your baby may be like my poor and precious baby Milo and be pretty bald still, even going on ten months. Coconut oil helps soften hair and aid in it's growth. Get long strong hair that flows in the wind for you and baby with a mommy & baby coconut oil pamper session.
7) Circumcision After circumcision it is important to keep baby boys area moist and from sticking to diapers, causing pain or infection. Many doctors will send you home with or suggest you use Vaseline or petroleum jelly. After I got home and the medication from the hospital wore off I didn't feel comfortable using something that has gone through such an extensive process to become not as harmful. "Why risk it when coconut oil is natural and safe?" is what I say. There are also plenty of alternative products you can purchase from company's like Palmer's, Burt's Bees etc. 8) Cold & Flu
Use a chest rub during a cold to help decongest the nose and the chest area and help ease symptoms of the cold/flu until you can get in to see Doc. Instead of using a chest rub that is filled with harsh chemicals, (such as Vicks) or has a very strong odor, it is always a better and cheaper alternative to make your very own chest rub at home for your baby. See my DIYChest Rub for Baby post for recipe.
9) Bug Bites
Coconut oil to the rescue! It has natural antibacterial, anti-inflammatory properties. When used for treating your baby’s insect bites, it will reduce the risk of an infection and will also help in bringing down the swelling.
10) Sunburn No one ever wants a sunburn, especially baby, but it happens sometimes. That's life. Warming the oil by rubbing together with the palms of your hands and massage gently on affected area. The soothing comforts of the oil will ease the burning, itching, and pain while the proteins will help moisten and repair skin after damage. 11) Soft Spot
The soft spot or fontanel is a very soft pocket of bones at the tippy top of baby's head. These bones fuse together to form one solid scull and the process takes about 19 months. Applying coconut oil helps in strengthening these bones. However, be very gentle when applying!
12) Cuts & Scrapes
Coconut oil's antibacterial properties make it ideal for preventing infection in small cuts and lacerations. Rub small amount onto cuts and scrapes and cover with a band aid. Coconut oil is also amazing at reducing scaring and the appearance of.
13) Thrush If your baby suffers from thrush while you are still breastfeeding, you can drink a spoon of coconut oil each day to help your baby get the benefits through your breast milk. I like mixing it in with my coffee and teas. Take some coconut oil and rub it between your fingers to make it warm. Next, apply a little bit on and around your nipples just before you are about to breastfeed your baby. As your baby starts to breastfeed, the coconut oil that you have put on the nipples will go into your baby’s mouth and help relieve the symptoms of thrush.
*Thrush is a very common infection in infants that causes irritation in and around a baby's mouth and other moistened areas. It is caused by the overgrowth of a yeast called Candida. Most people (including infants) naturally have Candida in their mouths and digestive tracts, which is considered normal growth.
14) Bath Time Adding a spoonful of coconut oil into bath water can aid in the prevention of irritations such as dry skin, diaper rash, yeast infections, and also help in the healing of daily bumps and bruises. Keeps baby's new and sensitive skin feeling touch-ably soft.
15) Lice School, day care, play dates, church, and siblings are all common places where your baby may pick up the dreaded bug. A lice comb will scratch and hurt your baby’s soft and sensitive scalp, which is not recommended. If your baby has lice, it can cause a lot of discomfort and itchiness. There is also the chance of the lice getting into your baby’s ears and eyes if the infestation is rapidly out of control and not handled appropriately. The antibacterial and anti-fungal properties of coconut oil will help to control the spread of lice and also prevent a new infestation.