Coconut oil is safe, but with newborn babies you do need to be careful how you use it. This article explains.
First off, it’s safe to use for most of us unless you have an allergic reaction to it. Even young children and babies can benefit from coconut oil for things like minor cuts and scrapes.
Test the Oil First
Before using coconut oil on your newborn, test it on a small area of skin, using a very small amount of the coconut oil.
Warm it a little to make it malleable (never too hot!). Rub a small amount on a very small section of skin, then wait a few minutes to see if there is a reaction. If your baby starts crying, or you notice redness or other signs of irritation, stop and wash it off. While it is safe for most people, some have an allergic reaction to it.
Use the Right Type of Oil
Choose only organic and all-natural virgin coconut oil.
Make sure you are using coconut oil that is safest and most natural for your newborn baby. Don’t just get any type of coconut oil without looking at both the label and the ingredients list. This puts you at risk of getting coconut oil with additives, preservatives, or that has gone through a chemical process. You want your baby to have the most natural form, which means looking for raw, organic coconut oil that is virgin or extra virgin, and is unrefined, not refined. This will be the most natural coconut oil possible for your baby.
Be Careful With Diaper Rash
Coconut oil is often recommended to use on diaper rash, but when it comes to your baby it always pays to be careful.
You can also make your own natural baby wipes with soft microfiber cloths and coconut oil to prevent the diaper rashes from forming in the first place.
Most babies can tolerate coconut oil with no trouble, but always test it first and ensure it is not hot after you have melted it.
Moving on from how to use coconut oil for your newborn, let’s finish with some wider issues…
Mistakes People Make With Coconut Oil
Adding more coconut oil into your diet or using on your skin or hair is a wonderful way to benefit from it, but there are also some mistakes people tend to make. Make sure if you decide to use more coconut oil on a daily basis, you do not make these common mistakes.
Allowing Mold to Grow
You might have several jars of coconut oil in your home and use it often. The problem with this is that each jar might take a while to use completely, which means a lot of humidity and wet hands going into the jar consistently over time can lead to mildew and even mold.
You definitely don’t want to be using coconut oil that has started to grow mold on it. A good way to prevent this is by either keeping just one jar in your home and using it up before buying another one, or just making sure your hands are always dry when using it. If you use it on wet hair or after a shower, be careful about scooping it from the jar and dry your hands first.
Using it on Color-Treated Hair
You need to be really careful about using too much coconut oil on color-treated hair, as it might cause the color to fade prematurely. This doesn’t mean that you can never use it on your dyed hair, but that you need to be more careful. You should only use it about once a week or so, and a smaller amount than others would use. You also might not want to leave it in your hair for as long.
As usual with something new, it’s a good idea to test a small section underneath your hair first, to make sure it doesn’t cause a major change in your hair color.
Letting it Get Too Close to Your Eyes
Be careful when you are putting the coconut oil near your eyes, especially if you are using it as a carrier for essential oils. Many people like to apply coconut oil to their face as a moisturizer or combine it with essential oils into a headache balm to rub on the forehead. This works great, but dont get it in your eyes. Coconut oil will burn, but when combined with essential oils, it can cause more serious problems.
And of course, remember these cautionary notes when you’re using coconut oil on your newborn baby.