Uses for Coconut Oil for You and Your Baby
Posted by Hain Celestial on Jun 17, 2014 | A Healthier Way of Life
When caring for an infant, the health and safety of personal products is essential. Many parents want to treat their infants’ skin with natural products. Spectrum® Virgin Coconut Oil is an excellent treatment choice for many infant skin issues. Coconut oil is a far more versatile item than many know, since it is solid at room temperature. Parents will enjoy that it is free of the preservatives and additives found in more traditional infant care products.
In addition, coconut oil is thought to have antimicrobial properties, making it an excellent treatment for many skin care issues.
Cradle cap treatment (infantile or neonatal seborrhoeic dermatitis) is a common condition. It is a yellowish or whitish, patchy, dry-looking rash on an infant’s scalp. Cradle cap is not thought to be uncomfortable for the infant and is not contagious, but it is unsightly. Parents usually want a fast treatment to eliminate it.
Picking at this dry-looking skin will leave raw skin underneath. Instead of commercialized skin products, massage in coconut oil and let it sit. The antimicrobial properties will address any fungal cause, if it exists, and the moisturizing nature of the oil will loosen up the patches, so they can be easily wiped away.
Coconut oil is deeply moisturizing and creates an effective barrier, which makes it a wonderful choice for a natural diaper cream. Apply it to the diaper area as necessary, either as a treatment or protection for the skin.
You can also use it in the early days to help remove sticky meconium from your infant’s bottom. Application of coconut oil can help prevent yeast infections thanks to its antimicrobial properties. Unlike most diaper creams, it is safe to use with cloth diapers as it will not cause repelling issues!
Body moisturizer/rash treatment
Using an all-over moisturizer for babies is a sound practice. Coconut oil is safe, natural, and effective. It is also recommended for spot treating rashes such as eczema.
Mothers can benefit from using coconut oil in their personal grooming, as well as their infants.
Moisturizing the entire body with coconut oil means that the mother is not absorbing any harmful chemicals. She is simply caring for her skin in a manner that is safe and natural for her, and healthy for her baby. If she is breastfeeding, then she is all the safer from not rubbing commercial moisturizers on her skin.
Since Coconut oil is such a great moisturizer it can be helpful in relieving the itch associated with stretch marks. Don't expect a magic cure for the actual marks, but it is likely as effective as any other commercial oil that promises to help fade them.
Nipple care for breastfeeding mothers
There are times when nipples can become sore or cracked while mothers are breastfeeding. Addressing any latching issues is essential in addition to treating the nipple. Gently massaging coconut oil onto the nipple and areola will offer relief and help to prevent infection or yeast with no risk to the infant.
Virgin Coconut oil is a wonderful product to cook with, but now you can see it as an essential and versatile item for the nursery and cosmetic cabinet!
Elizabeth Lampman is work-at-home-mom of two little girls. In her past life she was an IT professional. She enjoys sharing delicious recipes and craft projects on her website Frugal Mom Eh.