Babies’ skin is so tender that a small rash seems big on it. Hence, it’s no wonder you are choosy about the products you use for your baby. If you are worrying about the chemicals and ingredients used in store-bought products, you might want to replace them with natural products. Natural products would be gentle for your little angel, besides being cost effective.
Coconut-oil is one such beneficial natural product. The all-natural healer is so powerful that it is good to treat almost anything. Why not take the advantage of its magic? If you would like to know how you can use it for your little angel, you should consider reading this post at MomJunction.
Varieties Of Coconut Oil
The coconut oil is derived from the fruit of the coconut tree. There are different types of coconut oil available in the market today.
Pure coconut oil: The dried coconut meat is milled and crushed to obtain pure coconut oil. Nothing else is added to it.
Refined coconut oil: Refined coconut oil is odorless and colorless. It is obtained after the coconut oil undergoes chemical and mechanical processes like refining, bleaching, and deodorizing.
Virgin coconut oil: Virgin coconut oil derived from the milk of fresh coconuts. It retains antioxidants and has a pleasant smell and taste as it is not heated during the process of extraction.
Organic coconut oil: It is the type of oil extracted from coconut palms grown using natural manure. No chemicals are used even during the process of extraction.
Organic virgin coconut oil: It is extracted from organically grown coconuts. Extraction and processing also do not involve any chemicals.
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.