Not to sound like a total hippie, but in my circle of friends, we have a saying….”put some coconut oil on it.” It sort of reminds me of Dave Chappelle’s skit about Robitussin. If you’ve never seen it, GOOGLE IT NOW. You won’t be disappointed.
Anyway, Coconut oil is a staple in my house. I use it for so many things, it’s tough to even know where to start with the list. Here are 5 things you can use it for with your babies and kids! By the way, coconut is not an actual nut, and is pretty low on the allergen scale. Therefore, it is generally considered safe to use on babies. As with any new thing, always test a patch on baby’s skin first before using it liberally.
1. Cradle Cap
Cradle cap is a gross, crusty layer of skin that forms on a baby’s head within a couple of weeks after birth. It is totally normal, but looks pretty flaky and strange. It is not harmful for the baby, so really you should just leave it. But if you want it to resolve itself quickly, rub your baby’s head with coconut oil and let it sit. You can use a baby brush and brush the head also to remove some of the dry flakes. Do this everyday for a week to speed up the healing.
Did you know, you can actually use coconut oil as toothpaste?! You can use it neat, or you can mix it into a paste with some baking soda. It’s now being touted as a miracle dental bacterial killer all over the internet and health sites. The best part is that you don’t have to worry about all of those icky ingredients and fluoride in store-bought toothpaste…oh, and it’s CHEAP to make!
3. Diaper Rash Cream
I only ever use cream when my baby actually has somewhat of a rash. I find putting creams and ointments on the bum if there is no rash can sometimes irritate and actually create one. I like to leave it clean and dry all the time. If there is any redness or irritation, I just slather on some coconut oil and maybe a drop of lavender oil and voila, whatever was there is usually gone the next day. It’s great for the bum!
4. Scrapes and Burns
Coconut oil makes the perfect barrier for dust and bacteria lurking around on a scrape or burn. It also has great antiviral and antibacterial properties. The coconut oil will also keep the wound moist and help it not to scar badly. Use straight up or mix with an essential oil of your choice. You can also use under a bandaid.
5. Nipple Cream for Nursing Mothers
I exclusively used coconut oil on my cracked nipples at the start of nursing! I found it worked way better than the lanolin. It HEALED my cracks. I would just apply directly to the nipple after ever nursing session. Don’t worry about washing your nipples off, as coconut oil is not a high allergenic food & most people and babies have no problem with it. Of course, always test a patch on the skin before!
6. Eczema & Baby Acne
When Pearl was little, she had a persistent patch of eczema on her foot. The coconut oil helped a LOT with the irritation. Every time I used it, the rash lessened. It is also good for any other types of skin rashes or irritations.
7. Use it In Baby Food
Coconut oil is an excellent fat source. It is a total superfood, great for adults, babies, and kids. One of my favorite things to add it in is sweet potatoes for my baby food. I just blend up a roasted sweet potato with a heaping tablespoon of coconut oil. Yummy! You can use it in all baby food as well, in place of where you would use butter.
8. Ear Infection
I have not tried this one personally, because my kids have never had ear infections, but supposedly it works. 1-2 drops in each ear helps fight the infection, as coconut oil is very antibacterial and anti microbial.
9. Head Lice
Yeah, you read that right. Apparently according to a study, it is 90% effective, more so than the chemical shampoos! Read about how to use it HERE.
Speaking from experience, croup is one of the worst viruses a kid can get! That tell tale barky cough caused by the larynx being swollen….it’s the worst! The coughing and shortness of breath are so scary. I know many moms who’s kids have gone to the E.R. because they weren’t breathing properly. It is one scary illness when your kid has it. Rubbing coconut oil mixed with a respiratory blend of essential oils on the chest can be GREAT for opening up the lungs and nasal passages in a pinch to provide deep breathing. Peppermint and Eucalyptus are great respiratory oils but make sure you dilute heavily with coconut oil, as they can sting the skin.