Coconut Oil For Baby Skin

Coconut oil is a perfect choice for baby skin, because it is both gentle and effective. It moisturizes the skin to keep it soft and supple, and fights microbes like bacteria, fungi and viruses that cause damage to the skin – aiding in healing after infections. We know that every parent wants their baby to feel as good as possible. That’s why we developed our Coconut Oil for Baby Skin. This multi-tasking oil is perfect for use on newborn skin, after bath time and even in the diaper area.

Coconut oil effectively locks in moisture while ALSO protecting against pathogens. In fact, did you know coconut oil actually has similarities to breast milk? Read on to see the top 3 reasons we love this superstar ingredient.  

1) It’s a highly effective natural moisturizer

Coconut oil is composed primarily of medium chain fatty acids, which are “healthy fats” that repair the skin’s barrier and keep it feeling soft and smooth.  It’s unique composition allows it to absorb into pores deeply and effortlessly to trap in moisture while still remaining lightweight on our skin.

2) It’s a great cleanser, too!

Did you know oils are actually very effective gentle cleansers?  Based on the “like dissolves like” scientific principle, coconut oil in pores actually attracts oil-based impurities; it softens keratin caps and hardened sebum and brings up the grime up to the skin’s surface so you can wash it away.  Unlike harsh soaps, it maintains skin hydration while cleansing so it’s a great way to get baby clean during those dry winter months in particular.  

3) It protects and fortifies baby’s skin – much like breast milk!

Coconut oil is antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory, containing powerful agents to protect skin from potential pathogens. Because of this, coconut oil is frequently applied to the diaper area to prevent unwanted germs and itchy rashes.  In fact, It has similar infection-fighting properties as breast milk.  Lauric acid is a medium chain fatty acid that gives breast milk its infection-fighting superpowers. Coconut oil is the only other natural source with such abundance of lauric acid – it makes up almost 50% of the pure oil! 

Bubbsi coconut oil skincare with monstera leaf and coconuts

WHAT TYPE OF COCONUT OIL DOES BUBBSI USE?  

We’re pretty picky about how we source our coconut oil to ensure that it retains the goodness that we talked about above.  Let’s define a few terms you probably see a lot but don’t stop to think about:

Cold pressed: our coconut oil is pressed out of coconut insides without the addition of any heat, which means that it retains more antioxidants and nutrients than a heat refined version

COSMOS-certified organic: our coconut oil source is certified organic according to the high standards set by COSMOS, a non-profit international certification body for natural & organic ingredients and products.  

HOW DO I GET THE MOST OUT OF COCONUT OIL WITH BUBBSI?

Bubbsi offers a coconut oil-rich ritual across both moisturizers and cleansers.  A traditional skincare ritual that includes frequent soap baths can deplete baby’s already delicate skin of its natural moisture and sebum. Instead, we at Bubbsi believe that the path to snuggly skin for your baby is through daily moisturizing massages and a few gentle, hydrating baths each week so that baby’s developing skin can replenish its own oils naturally.  Check out the details on our recommended ritual below:  

Coconut oil skincare ritual for baby skin

1) Make daily moisture massages with our rich Whipped Coconut Oil Body Cream the centerpiece of your bub’s skincare ritual.  Coconut Oil and Shea Butter replenish skin’s hydration, while massage promotes brain development, circulation and sleep in little ones.

2) Doctors recommend 1-3x baths a week for littlest bubs, with increasing frequency as they get older. Our ultra-gentle hydrating Creamy Coconut Oil Shampoo + Wash cleanses little piggies from head to toe, using Coconut Oil and Shea Butter to leave hair and skin soft and never stripped.  For extra dry skin or in the winter, use our Coconut Oil Balm to cleanse face & body a few times a week.  It acts as both a cleanser and a moisturizer!  

3) Use our deep moisturizing Coconut Oil Balm as needed to protect & restore RUFF skin. This is a concentrated blend of Coconut & Sunflower oils, both of which have anti-inflammatory properties and high levels of antioxidants.  Use it to restore dry patches and chapped skin, protect diaper area and soften cradle cap. 

Since your little one will touch and taste everything, we made this certified organic blend extra mild for safe use on velvety-soft skin.Baby skin is delicate and beautiful, but it also needs protection. That’s why we created a natural, organic baby oil to protect your little one’s skin from sun damage and irritants. Coconut oil contains properties that help to increase elasticity and improve skin tone, smoothness, and hydration for the whole family. Coconut oil is a powerful moisturizer and skin soother for babies and adults alike. This natural ingredient can be used sparingly on burns, diaper rash, eczema, stretch marks, scars and even cradle cap. Coconut oil has antioxidant properties that minimize fine lines and wrinkles, it protects your skin from harmful UV rays and it also helps to improve your overall health

Coconut Oil For Baby Skin Whitening

Fight baby acne and blemishes. Coconut oil for baby skin whitening is the first thing to use after bathing your child. It has antibacterial properties, which help fight acne and blemishes. Coconut oil is an excellent ingredient for baby skin whitening because it has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties that can be used to prevent diaper rash. It also helps relieve chapping, calms sunburn and protects your little ones from infection.

Read on to know more about the coconut oil varieties considered safe for babies, the uses of coconut oil in different home remedies, and its side effects.

Varieties Of Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is derived from the fruit of the coconut tree. Read on to know about the three main variants of coconut oil and how they are extracted (2):

  • Virgin or unrefined coconut oil is extracted from the fruit of fresh and mature coconuts. Virgin oil is not refined or processed and is prepared without using high temperatures or chemicals.
  • Refined coconut oil is made from copra (dried coconut kernel). This variety of oil is often refined through chemical bleaching and deodorization.
  • Partially hydrogenated coconut oil is processed through partial hydrogenation, a process in which unsaturated fatty acids are converted into saturated ones. Due to this process, some of the unsaturated fats (the good fats) transform into trans fats (the bad fats).

Next, we look at how coconut oil is often used for babies.

How Coconut Oil Might Help Babies

The molecular structure of coconut oil allows it to be easily absorbed by the skin, which makes it the preferred natural moisturizer in the tropical regions. The antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial properties of coconut oil can help with some skin problems in babies. It is also used as an emollient in patients with atopic dermatitis (3). However, the topical application of coconut oil in any form, for any skin condition, should be practiced after a thorough discussion with a pediatrician.

Next, we talk about a few skin conditions for which coconut oil is used as a remedy.

1. Cradle Cap

Cradle cap or dry scalp is a condition that affects several newborns during the initial weeks after birth. The condition is characterized by a flaky and reddened scalp, making it look like your little one has dandruff. So, massaging some coconut oil on your baby’s scalp, particularly on the area that is affected by cradle cap, may help alleviate the condition to an extent.

Let the oil stay on for 20 minutes or leave it overnight if necessary to break up the scale.  Then, use a baby comb or hairbrush with soft bristles to brush off the flakes, and rinse your baby’s hair with lukewarm water.

2. Eczema

Eczema is a condition where the skin becomes very dry, and, as a result, there could be itching too. Eczema is common in babies, as their skin is quite sensitive and can dry out quickly. The use of emollient therapy early on is considered to be a novel approach to preventing atopic dermatitis (4). An in-vitro study has shown that the topical application of virgin coconut oil could be effective in reducing eczema symptoms (3) (5). So, if your doctor recommends the use of coconut oil for eczema, then you could try massaging your baby with coconut oil once before or after bath time, and once at bedtime to provide adequate moisture and hydration to the skin. With regular coconut oil massage, your baby’s eczema symptoms might fade.

3. Diaper Rash

Diaper dermatitis, also known as diaper rash, is the most observed inflammatory skin concern in infants and toddlers. A study on 117 patients diagnosed with mild to moderate atopic dermatitis found that topical application of virgin coconut oil for eight weeks was more effective than the application of mineral oil in relieving the symptoms of atopic dermatitis (6).

If your doctor approves the use of coconut oil for diaper rash, you could apply it in the diaper region and see if it helps. Apply a layer of coconut oil on the areas covered by diaper each day after bath and then at every diaper change. Be sure to massage in the groin area, and especially in the skin folds where the rash first appears. The emollient properties of coconut oil will help treat the diaper rash, and the antibacterial properties will prevent any further occurrence of the same.

4. Hair Care

A paper published in The Journal of Cosmetic Science presented that both the in-vivo and in-vitro treatments using coconut oil prevented combing damage of various hair types. The study further presented that coconut oil has considerable amounts of lauric acid.

Lauric acid has a high affinity for hair proteins, and due to its low molecular weight and peculiar structure, it can penetrate inside the hair shaft (7). Thus, coconut oil can be considered an option while you plan a hair care regimen for your baby.

To use, wet your baby’s hair during bath time and apply a small amount of coconut oil evenly onto the hair. Alternatively, you can also massage coconut oil on the baby’s hair at night and wash it off in the morning.

5. Dry And Chapped Lips

Babies have sensitive skin that can be affected by temperature. As your baby’s skin stands the risk of getting dried out faster than yours, there is also the chance of your baby’s lips turning dry and as a result, chapped. Chapped and dry lips can be a thorny problem for your little one, especially as they make it difficult for your baby to breastfeed.

Also, your baby may constantly try to lick the lips to ease the pain, which can make the lips further dry. Applying coconut oil might help reduce the dryness of lips. To do so, take a clean and sterilized Q-tip, dip it in a little amount of coconut oil, and apply the oil on your baby’s lips as well as around the area of the lips. Make sure you do not apply any pressure as it can lead to pain and cause more discomfort.

6. Insect Bites

A research study also showed that coconut oil has fatty acids that have potential insect repellent properties to keep away bed bugs, horn flies, and stable flies (8). Apart from this, the inflammatory and emollient properties of coconut oil might provide some relief from soreness caused due to insect bites. If your pediatrician allows, you can try coconut oil as a remedy for insect bites.

Take some coconut oil and rub it between your palms to warm it up. Now apply it gently on your baby’s skin where the insect bite is. Make sure you do not rub down hard as it may cause more pain and discomfort to your baby. Leave it on till your baby’s next bath.

7. Homemade Baby Wash

It is always a challenge to find the right baby wash that will help to clean your baby’s skin but not make it dry. Most baby washes contain some chemicals that can show adverse effects on your baby’s skin. You may not be aware of all the ingredients that your baby is allergic too. So, using a baby wash, even of a reputed baby care brand, might carry a risk of an allergic reaction.

You can avoid that by making a homemade baby wash using coconut oil. To prepare the body wash, take equal amounts of coconut oil and castor oil or castile soap, and mix them well together. Apply it all over your baby’s body and face at bath time. Gently massage to take out any dirt and wash off with regular bathwater.

Pediatric consultation is a must if you want to use coconut oil as a body wash. This is crucial as the safety and efficacy of co-ingredients such as castor oil and castile soap need to be checked before use.

8. Lice

Head lice infestations are pesky, communicable problems. Many people try coconut oil as an effective remedy, but the studies proving its efficacy are sparse. You can, however, try a home remedy made of coconut oil to try and fight lice infestations.

Use a little apple cider vinegar (ACV) to rinse out your baby’s hair. Let it stay in the hair till it dries out naturally. Once the vinegar becomes dry, apply coconut oil to the baby’s hair and make sure that you cover all hair. If possible, cover your baby’s head with a shower cap. If that is not possible, and your baby tries to take out the shower cap, let the coconut oil stay in the hair for as long as possible.

Since this remedy involves the use of ACV, check about its safety, and recommended usage with your pediatrician before you try it.

9. Baby Acne

As babies have sensitive skin, they can easily suffer breakouts that can cause red marks on the skin that may be swollen or itchy. Since coconut oil has anti-inflammatory and skin barrier repairing properties, you may try it to get some relief from acne (1) (3). However, there are no clinical studies to prove the efficacy of coconut oil use for acne. The practice is mostly anecdotal.

10. Baby’s Thrush (Candida)

Thrush or Candida is a common oral fungal infection in babies. Its symptoms include white, oddly shaped patches in the mouth. It can’t be washed away or wiped off easily, like milk curds (9).

Traditionally, the use of coconut oil is considered to provide relief from fungal infections due to its antifungal properties (10). Some studies have also documented the sporostatic properties of coconut oil after heating or boiling (11). However, all these studies have not recommended the use of coconut oil for any specific fungal infection. Also, the safety and efficacy of oral use of coconut oil for babies to treat thrush are not well-documented.

11. Baby Toothpaste

The use of coconut oil in oil pulling among adults to maintain oral health by reducing plaque formation is well-documented in alternative medicine literature. However, its use is not recommended by the American Dental Association (12). The use of coconut oil as toothpaste or any other oral use for babies is under-researched. You may consult your pediatrician for its use.

12. Teething Pain

The American Academy of Pediatrics advises massaging the gums while teething. However, the use of any oil for the same is not mentioned (13). However, the use of coconut oil for relieving teething pain is well-documented in alternative medicine due to its anti-inflammatory properties.

13. Frizzy Hair

While your baby’s hair will otherwise be soft to touch, being in constant friction with the pillow or the surface on the bed could make them frizzy at certain parts. During the early weeks after birth, moisture loss could also be one of the reasons for your baby to get frizzy hair.

For a long time, coconut oil has been considered effective. It is believed to condition hair, which makes them soft and smooth. Although there are no direct studies to relate the use of coconut oil to defrizz hair, the presence of high amounts of lauric acid in the oil could be the reason. Lauric acid can penetrate the hair shaft and provide nourishment (7).

14. Chest Rub For Cold

Having a cold can make it difficult for your baby to breathe and may even cause interference in your baby’s feeding schedule. If left untreated, a cold can escalate to a fever.  Thus, using a chest rub during a cold can help to decongest the nose and the chest area, and aid in treatment for cold.

In many traditional practices, coconut oil is combined with camphor or garlic and used as a chest rub to provide relief from cold. But these practices are anecdotal, and research backing their efficacy is not well documented. However, with proper pediatric guidance, you can try this home remedy.

Take two teaspoons of any essential oil, such as eucalyptus oil. Add a few tablespoons of coconut oil to the essential oil and mix. Warm up the oil by taking it in your palm and rubbing it till the friction in your hand makes it warm. Now rub it on your baby’s chest as a natural and safe alternative to a cosmetic chest rub.

Note that essential oils may not be safe for the baby, but when highly diluted and used as prescribed by the doctor, you may use them. In any case, consult a pediatrician before using essential oils for babies.

15. Coconut Oil as Body Lotion

Coconut oil has emollient and antimicrobial properties, owing to which it is considered suitable for use in a skincare regimen (1) (3). Take a little coconut oil in your palms and dab it on the areas you wish to moisturize. Leave it until the next bath.

16. Coconut Oil for Baby Massage

Most parents are aware of the benefits of baby massage. Using coconut oil for the same has proven its efficacy too (14). A traditional way to use coconut oil for baby massage is to take equal amounts of extra virgin coconut oil and olive oil and mix them thoroughly. To the mix, add a few drops of natural essential oil like lavender and use the same to massage your baby.

17. Remove Meconium

Coconut oil works suitably when it comes to the removal of meconium, a tar-like viscous substance that comes out through the baby’s bowel. You can use coconut oil and rub it over meconium to help it get-off the baby’s delicate skin.

18. Coconut Oil in Food

Breastfeeding mothers can use coconut oil in cooking or consume it in some other way. Consumption of coconut oil is believed to increase the milk flow.

The presence of medium-chain triglycerides such as lauric acid is beneficial for mothers as well as their babies. It also aids in developing immunity and helps in the overall growth and development of the baby (15). It could also help babies absorb nutrients from vegetables like pumpkin, leafy greens, carrots, and squash as they start solids.

Virgin coconut oil is hypoallergenic. However, it has shown cross-reactivity in people who have a tree nut allergy (16). So even though it is considered safe, make sure you speak to a pediatrician before your baby ingests it.

19. Coconut Oil for Bumps, Burns and Cuts

A study conducted on rats showed that topical application of virgin coconut oil could help in speeding up wound healing. Virgin coconut oil has antimicrobial properties and some other bioactive compounds that may help in healing (10) (7). However, it is advisable to seek medical advice before proceeding with the home remedies.

20. Yeast Infection in Babies

Using coconut oil might help in addressing yeast infections, as it could weaken the bad bacteria (1) (7). The antifungal and antibacterial properties of coconut oil can prevent skin infections. However, it should be used under pediatric guidance only.

21. Soft Spot

Traditionally, it is believed that massaging with coconut oil can harden soft spots in babies. These soft spots, which are known as fontanelles, are normal gaps in a neonate’s skull that allow your baby’s brain to grow rapidly in the first year of life (17). The use of coconut oil to massage the baby’s head to harden the soft spot is anecdotal. There are no specific studies to support this belief. So, consult a pediatrician if you are planning to use coconut oil to massage your baby’s head.

Coconut oil is usually safe to use topically but may not suit all when administered orally.

Side-Effects Of Using Coconut Oil

Although rare, coconut oil can be allergic. Coconut allergy, if present, can be both topical and oral. There are some cases in which people with a tree nut or hazelnut allergy may be allergic to coconuts as well. This phenomenon is called cross-reactivity (18).

Next, we answer a few commonly asked questions about coconut oil use for babies.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I use coconut oil for heat rashes on my baby?

Avoid applying any oil over heat rashes. They tend to worsen the rashes by clogging the pores and trapping the moisture in the skin.

2. Can I use coconut oil for my baby’s hair growth?

The topical application of coconut oil might help in keeping your baby’s hair smooth and shiny. But for healthy growth, your baby needs balanced nutrition and optimum hydration. When used right, coconut oil may help your baby have good hair growth.

Coconut oil is known for its therapeutic and aromatic properties. It has popularly been used for massaging, prevention of dry scalp, etc. However, just like any other product, if you are considering coconut oil for babies, you should first consult your pediatrician. Although applying the oil topically on babies does provide some health benefits, such as preventing diaper rash, dried scalp, and healing infections, a baby’s skin is sensitive and may react differently. So, whether topical or oral, ask your child’s doctor about its safety and opt for the best quality ones.

Coconut oil can reduce skin inflammation, so it’s ideal for those with sensitive or damaged skin. Coconut oil is hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic, which means its unlikely to clog your pores. One study published in the Journal of Dermatology even showed that coconut oil can help relieve eczema symptoms by eliminating abrasions, reducing redness and promoting healing.

Extra Virgin Coconut Oil For Baby Skin

Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is a natural moisturizer that contains antibacterial and antifungal properties, making it perfect for use on babies’ delicate skin. Coconut oil is rich in antioxidants, which help repair damaged cells and protect skin from premature aging and irritation. This non-greasy oil is quickly absorbed by baby’s skin to keep it moisturized all day long. Safe for the most sensitive of skin types and unscented (no added scents or fragrances)

Most commonly for babies, coconut oil is used for their skin. This is because it moisturises the skin without adding harmful chemicals. It can also have protective qualities for an infant’s hair. Although the research is limited, studies show that coconut oil for babies can help prevent hair loss caused by grooming or ultraviolet (UV) rays. Did you know that the oil produced by coconuts is edible? It can be used to cook your baby’s food and is a good healthy fat to add to your baby’s diet.

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Is coconut oil safe?

Coconut oil is widely regarded as safe for babies. Unlike other moisturiser, it does not contain perfume or chemicals which can be very harmful to an infant’s precious skin. It is best to get organic unrefined coconut oil as this is the purest grade and least harmful for your baby’s skin.

What are the benefits of coconut oil?

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