Coconut products are the latest trend in healthy and natural foods and remedies. Many health, wellness and nutrition experts such as Doctor Oz, The Mayo Clinic and WebMD support the use of coconut oils, coconut milk, coconut fruit and coconut water in products that we put both in and on our bodies.
The many uses and benefits of coconut for adults include:
- hair care
- healthy fats when used in cooking
- fat burning energy source
- infection prevention
- skin moisturizer and sunscreen
Many baby products now include coconut oils, and there are many ways to incorporate the benefits of coconut oil in caring for your baby. Here are the 10 ideas for using coconut oil for your baby or children. Always consult your pediatrician before introducing new foods into your baby’s diet.
10 Ways to Use Coconut Oil for Your Baby
1. Baby Food
Use coconut oil (with your doctor’s consent) when cooking for your baby from 6 months of age. It is NOT considered highly allergenic – although you should introduce it with a food that your baby is already safely enjoying, which will help you gauge if it does cause an allergic reaction or digestive problem.
2. Increase milk supply and add nutrients
Nursing?Increase your milk supply and give your babies a boost of nutrients by adding coconut oil into your diet. A few tablespoons daily may increase your milk supply and add benefits for up to 1-3 days.
3. 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.
Coconut oil massages will help your baby sleep better. Including a 15-20 minute massage into your newborn baby’s daily routine has been shown to have tremendous physical and mental health benefits both for the mother and the child.
5. Diaper Cream
You can just use pure coconut oil for everything from cleaning to moisturizing to treating diaper rash.
Moms around the world have been using coconut oil, mixed with other essential oils, to create a natural vapor rub to help baby work through croup.
7. Skin Care
Pure coconut oil will soothe dry baby’s skin just as it would an adult and leave them smelling lovely.
8. Baby Constipation
Coconut oil helps loosen things in some cases so increasing from 2 tsp to 1 Tbl per batch of homemade formula may prove helpful.
Coconut oil taken both internally and topically can help treat the yeast that causes both thrush and candida. A little oil dabbed inside the baby’s mouth, as well as mom eating it and applying it to her nipples before breastfeeding is very effective.
10. Newborn Weight Gain
Some research shows that massaging premature newborns with coconut oil can improve weight gain and growth.
Bonus: coconut oil use for the whole family:
Prevent Colds - This incredible oil is rich in antioxidants and contains lauric acid. Both contain anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. Coconut oil can be used to help prevent colds by boosting the immune system. Once the cold is set in, coconut oil can help reduce the length of sickness and can be therapeutic when added to warm honey-lemon water or tea.
There are dozens more ideas for using coconut oil product for your baby, including to treat bug bites, prevent sunburn and improve digestion. How do you use coconut oil to care for your newborn?
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