As most parents will tell you, working out what you should and shouldn’t do when it comes to your baby can be very stressful. Ultimately, all you care about is giving your little one the best care possible.
There are so many options and opinions out there on what is best, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. One consistent message though, natural is better.
Enter coconut oil.
Long known for its myriad health benefits for adults, coconut oil is also a wonderful, natural option for taking care of your baby’s skin. Boasting anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antibacterial properties, it is perfect for treating their soft, sensitive skin.
When it comes to what type of coconut oil, all-natural is best, for both your baby and the planet. Premium Pacific’s Mailelani range of soaps, lotions, oils and scrubs, uses cold-pressed organic virgin coconut oil, made by local Samoans to support local communities.
Parents can use coconut oil for:
Moisturising - As it is with adults, coconut oil is the perfect natural moisturiser for your baby. Rich in vitamins and healthy fats, it is an extremely effective treatment for dry skin. Rub a little bit of oil in your palms and dab it on the areas you wish to moisturise. Leave it until your baby’s next bath.
Diaper Rash – Almost all the babies will suffer from diaper rash at some point. Instead of the traditional methods, like talcum powder or ointment, you can use coconut oil as a natural alternative. The oil provides a natural antibacterial barrier and prevents irritation. Apply a layer of coconut oil on your baby’s diaper area after bath time and after every second diaper change. As a bonus, it does not ruin cloth nappies like many nappy rash creams.
Cradle Cap - Cradle Cap affects many little ones during their first few weeks, and is actually fungus based. The anti-microbial properties of coconut oil soothe the inflammation and eradicate the fungus. Massage some coconut oil on your baby’s scalp, focussing on the area affected. Leave the oil on for 20 minutes and then use a baby comb to brush off the flakes. Then you can rinse your baby’s hair with lukewarm water, or wipe clean with a damp cloth.
Baby Massage - Baby massage is great way to strengthen the bond between you and your baby. It can also activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which will calm babies down and help them sleep. Use a light amount of coconut oil on your baby’s skin to aid the massage.
Insect Bites – Coconut oil’s antibacterial, anti-inflammatory properties are perfect for treating insect bites. Gently apply where the insect bite is visible. Leave it on until your baby’s next and you should hopefully notice a reduction in swelling and redness.
Note: Coconut allergies are rare, but check for any history in your family before application. Use sparingly the first few times and seek medical advice If you observe any untoward reactions. Avoid applying coconut oil (or any oil, for that matter) to heat rashes, as they can worsen the rash by clogging the pores and trapping the moisture in the skin.
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