Coconut Oil for Babies

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As a mother, coconut oil has become my lifeline. I have found that I can treat almost anything with coconut oil and breast milk! The uses of breast milk discussed here.

When using coconut oil for your baby, always choose a virgin organic, cold pressed, unrefined oil. This type of coconut oil is pure, free from additives and full of antioxidants.


Coconut Oil for Baby Skin

Why not ditch the chemical laden over-the-counter creams and use something completely natural and gentle on your baby’s skin? Coconut oil is easily absorbed and will leave your baby’s skin soft and smooth. Your baby will smell delicious. ;-) Coconut oil does not block the pores and can actually be used to combat acne.

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Coconut Oil for Baby Acne

Often babies are born with a few acne spots. This is normal and mostly due to the transfer of the mother’s hormones. The anti-inflammatory properties in coconut oil will help to reduce their occurrence as well as soothe the skin.


Normal & Yeast Diaper Rash Treatment

Use it instead of other creams and lotions. Coconut oil is naturally anti-fungal. Sometimes when babies have oral thrush, they struggle with yeast diaper rash too. Coconut oil is great at killing the yeast and preventing it from spreading. Coconut oil can also be used on regular diaper rash to soothe the skin and it prevents a rash, due to its antibacterial properties.

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Coconut Oil for Cradle Cap

This has got to be the easiest way to get rid of cradle cap. Cradle cap is also usually due to some yeast overgrowth. As mentioned above, yeast is no match for coconut oil. So not only does the coconut oil kill the yeast (the cause of cradle cap), it removes the ugly flakes.

Rub a few tablespoons of coconut oil into the scalp and use a soft brush to brush away the flakes. Afterwards you can shampoo the hair and scalp to get rid of any greasiness.


Coconut Oil for Baby Eczema

The antioxidant and moisturizing properties are great at treating eczema symptoms.


Baby Massage with Coconut Oil

Coconut oil makes a great carrier oil for your favorite essential oils and can be used on its own too. This is a great way to calm your baby for sleep time or for a nursing session. There are so many benefits associated with baby massage, read about them here.

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Breastfeeding Thrush / Oral Thrush and Coconut Oil

Coconut oil can be used to prevent the transfer of a yeast infection between the mother and the baby. Coconut oil should be used in conjunction with other methods to treat the problem. It can be dabbed inside the baby’s mouth and applied to the mother’s breasts and nipples.


Coconut Oil Nipple Cream

Coconut oil can be used instead of lanolin and other nipple creams used for breastfeeding. It is most natural and safe for the baby.


Increase your Milk Supply

2 - 3 tbsp of coconut oil can be added to the mother’s diet to boost milk supply. Coconut water is also used with great success. If you are worried about weight gain, read more about the fat fighting properties of coconut oil.

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Coconut Oil in Baby Food

Coconut oil contains a special fatty acid that is also found in breast milk, it is called Lauric acid. Lauric acid contains properties that protect us from viruses, bacteria and infections. Coconut oil also makes for tasty vegetable mash. I still make this for my 5 and 9 year old, because they love it so much.


Healing with Coconut Oil

Coconut oil encourages the formation of collagen. The extra Collagen will promote a quicker healing time. Apply the oil to any burns, bruises, cuts or abrasions.


Coconut Oil for Baby Hair

A small amount of coconut oil can be rubbed in to tame curly hair. It adds a beautiful shine. For a styled look, it can be used instead of hair gel.

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Coconut Oil Lice Treatment

Coconut oil is great at getting rid of lice, read more about getting rid of parasites with coconut oil.


Use it as a Bath Oil

A few drops of coconut oil can be added to your baby’s bath to moisturize the skin.

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Bug Bites

Coconut oil is good at getting rid of any itch associated with bug bites.


Dry Cracked Nose and Lips

A baby’s nose and lips often dry out, especially when they are ill. A little bit of coconut oil applied to these areas will prevent the skin from drying out. The antiviral and antibacterial properties will also provide a barrier to protect from harmful microorganisms.


Clean the Inside of your Baby’s Mouth Naturally

A little bit of coconut oil smeared on the gums and tongue is great at cleaning any milk residue and protecting the inside of your baby’s mouth.


Constipation

If your baby is straining to push out a stool, you can apply some coconut oil to the area. Coconut oil can be used to lubricate a rectal thermometer and/or suppositories.

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Teething

Coconut oil can be used to disinfect teethers and teets. It can also be applied to any red, swollen areas in the mouth to relieve inflammation.


Natural Homemade Vapor Rub

Adding eucalyptus essential oil to coconut oil. Apply this mixture to your baby’s skin just as you would any regular vapor rub. Natural Vapor rub recipe found here.


Treat Allergies

A little bit of coconut oil rubbed inside the nostrils will help to relieve hay fever.


Coconut and Autism symptoms

The omega 3 fatty acids in coconut oil have been proven to reduce autism symptoms. The study found here.

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Ear Infections

A few drops inside the ear will relieve pain and fight the infection.


Is it Safe for your Baby?

Coconut oil is hypoallergenic, therefore an allergy is very rare. You can test it, by applying a small amount to your baby’s arm. If you notice a rash or swelling, it's best to avoid it.

The information on this page is not intended to cure or prevent any disease. Please do your own research before using our advice. Talk to your healthcare provider before using coconut oil either topically or in your (or your baby's) diet.



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