How VCO Benefits Newborns
Every parent wants the best for their babies, including skincare products. Seeing that infants and kids are especially susceptible to skin conditions and problems, choosing the right skincare is vital. This is why many parents lean towards natural products like coconut oil to treat their newborn’s skin conditions. We have curated a list of coconut oil’s benefits for babies.
Coconut Oil for Infant Massage
Infant massage is an alternative treatment that uses massage therapy for babies to alleviate colic, promote better sleep and boost the immune system. This age-old technique helps soothe and relax babies while helping parents become more confident in understanding their child's needs. Use a small amount of coconut oil to massage; this doubles as an added hydration to the skin.
Coconut Oil for Eczema
Eczema is a skin condition that is prevalent in both adults and babies. It causes the skin to become dry, itchy and flakey which causes discomfort especially for an infant. Using coconut oil for baby eczema can soothe dryness and provide relief.
Coconut Oil for Baby Hair Growth
Coconut oil is a staple product in an Indian household, used for generations. Not only is it used in cooking, the coconut oil is applied to hair to promote the growth of lustrous strands. Rich in medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), this type of fatty acid has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, which nourishes the scalp and helps in eliminating sebum build-up from hair follicles. It is also high in the C12 chain of MCFAs which is called lauric acid and this helps prevent protein loss from hair.
Coconut Oil for Diaper Rash
Diaper rash is a common occurrence amongst babies, caused by the quality of the diaper used and its urine absorption. The moisturising and anti-fungal properties of coconut oil helps prevent the occurrence and spread of diaper rash. Coconut oil can also be an effective cure for Candida Albicans, which causes fungal infections. Yeast diaper rash, a common ailment in babies are effectively treated by coconut oil, which acts as a barrier between the soiled diaper and the affected skin.
Coconut Oil for Moisturised Skin
Inherently potent with vitamins and healthy fats, coconut is best used as a natural moisturiser for the skin.
Coconut Oil for Bathing
Make the most of bath time and incorporate a scoop of coconut oil to the bath water. Laden with saturated fats with high amounts of medium chain fatty acids like lauric acid, coconut leaves your infant’s skin soft and soothes any irritation.
Coconut Oil for Baby Acne
Just like us adults, babies can develop red bumps or pimples, which could be swollen or itchy. Such breakouts could be acne, and if touched, there are chances of infection. Here’s where coconut oil comes in — this tried and tested remedy kills the bacteria-causing acne and also prevents scarring after the condition disappears.
Coconut Oil in Baby Food
As concerned parents, you’ve probably wondered whether it’s safe to include coconut oil into your children’s meals. There are several benefits of adding coconut oil to your homemade baby food. The oil is a good source of fat and calories for your baby and is considered safe for consumption. If you are dubious about using it, you can consult your doctor before making a decision.
Coconut Oil for Constipation in Babies
Coconut oil is hypoallergenic and contains lauric acid. This means that it eases digestion and provides relief from constipation in babies.
Chest Rub For Cold
Having a cold can make it difficult for your baby to breathe and may even cause interjections in your baby’s feeding schedule. If you don’t treat it, a cold can quickly escalate into a fever. In many cultures, coconut oil is amalgamated with camphor or garlic applied as a chest rub to provide relief from cold. But these practices are not research-backed. You can always check with a paediatrician before trying this, or any home remedy for that matter.
For application of the coconut oil as chest rub, take two teaspoons of any essential oil, such as eucalyptus oil and mix it with a few tablespoons of coconut oil. Warm up the oil by rubbing your palms until it’s warm. Then, rub it on your baby’s chest. Bear in mind that not all essential oils are safe for a baby, but when highly diluted and approved by a doctor, it’s good to go.
Yeast Infection in Babies
The strain of yeast that’s responsible for diaper rash is a fungus called Candida and it thrives in warm, moist places — like under a wet diaper. Infants who are taking antibiotics or mothers who are taking antibiotics while breastfeeding are more likely to develop yeast infection. A natural source like coconut oil works best in situations like these, especially given its antifungal and antibacterial properties, can ward off skin infections.
Soothing Teething Pain and Teeth Whitening
Babies start teething typically when they’re around six months old. It’s an uncomfortable experience for them, hence, the fussiness, loss of sleep and crankiness. Applying coconut oil directly on their gums or on a teething toy can help relieve your baby’s discomfort as coconut oil may help soothe inflammation. Check with your child’s pediatrician before trying any home remedy.