Coconut oil is one of the most nourishing oil you can put onto your child’s skin. The small molecular structure of coconut oil allows for easy absorption through the skin and into the cell structure of the connective tissues. This means that it has the ability to actually restore damaged or diseased skin. Coconut oil will also have lasting benefits, unlike most lotions and creams designed to “heal” external issues.
While there are some pretty obvious ways in which babies and children can benefit from coconut oil, there are also a few others you may have overlooked. But before we look at the various ways to use coconut oil on babies and children, make sure you learn more about the safety of coconut oil for infants and babies.
Feel good about this wonderful oil? Great! Let’s get right to it shall we?
20 Ways To Use Coconut Oil On Babies and Children
- Allergies/Hay Fever – rub a little inside the nostrils for quick relief. The pollen will cling to the oil and the coconut oil will sooth dry sinuses.
- 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 – while you don’t want to apply oil to a burn that just happened (it can make it hotter), you do want to apply coconut oil to burn site starting about an hour later. Continue applying until healed. Coconut oil 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. This is a pretty awesome way to use coconut oil on children.
- 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. This is a great post with more information on ear infections and natural support for them.
- 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. You can even make an awesome coconut oil after sun lotion.
- 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.
Does the list stop there? No way! How about a few bonus ways to use coconut oil on babies and children?
- Pink eye – along with a squirt of breastmilk, coconut oil has been known to send pink eye packing in record time.
- Bandage remover – have a kid that hates the process of removing bandaids? No worries! Rub a little coconut oil on the band-aid and off it slides.
- Goop remover – kids get all kinds of crazy things in their hair and on their body. Coconut oil and get most of things off!
- Constipation – you just want to read up on coconut oil and constipation here.
- Immune booster – coconut oil can help boost your immune system. Find out how!
Don’t forget to check out 333 Uses For Coconut Oil! It covers everything!