Are you in doubt whether or not to use soothing cream from the rash you baby is getting? If you doubt the manufactured cream, you can always opt for using coconut oil for baby diaper rash instead. Yes, that is right, the ever useful coconut oil can also cure rash in babies due to the diaper they use.
Coconut oil contains many properties that can sooth the rash on the sensitive skin of your baby. Not only can be used as soothing cream for diaper rash for your baby, coconut oil can also be used as other topical remedies such as preventing skins to crack, treating eczema, as well as preventing receding hairline.
Read below for more information of diaper rashes and the use coconut oil. We also talk about the consumption of coconut oil and its relation to cholesterol and heart diseases.
The Cause of Diaper Rash
As we know, our baby’s skin is still very thin and very sensitive and sometimes it is inevitable for it to have rashes. One of the rashes our babies can get is from the use of diapers and there are several causes for this. The diaper our baby use is there to absorb wetness and moisture.
However, even the most absorbent diaper will leave some wetness behind. And then the bacteria on tools will meet the leftover urine and form ammonia which is very harsh on our baby’s soft skin and in turn form rashes. This is also why rashes are more frequently encountered in babies that have frequent bowel movements or diarrhea.
Diaper rash can also be caused by the chaffing babies get when their sensitive and soft skin rubbed with the diaper. Other cause of diaper rash is that the baby’s skin is allergic towards the chemicals used in baby wipes parents used or the detergent used to wash cloth diapers. The high pH content in the soaps and detergent, as well as magnesium and calcium salts used in them can also cause irritation on the sensitive skin of our babies.
It is actually quite common for babies to have diaper rash since everything in their environment is very new even for their sensitive skin. Babies can also get diaper rash when they are given new food. Even the acids contained inside fruit juice and some fruits such as strawberries can also cause some kind of skin problems for babies.
It is a sign that their body is trying to adapt to the new environment. Sometimes, the baby that breastfeed from their mother will also get rash in reaction to something their mother eat or even the cosmetics used by their mother.
Coconut Oil Properties
Since you have to buy coconut oil for baby diaper rash, you need to choose carefully since there are people who purposely sold impure coconut oil to gain money. You can simply recognize pure coconut oil by looking at the coconut oil physical properties.
Coconut oil is colorless when it is on 30OC and when it is in its solid form it is white. If the coconut oil is not refine, deodorized, or bleached, it smells very much like coconut. Coconut oil will melt when it is heated up to 25OC and below this temperature it is solid. When it is beaten well in the water, coconut oil will form a white homogenous mixture and otherwise insoluble in water at room temperature.
You also must be curious what contained inside coconut oil so that it can be used in almost every aspect in human’s everyday life. Coconut oil is composed of 94 percent saturated fatty acid, with about 62 percent of medium chain fatty acids amongst them.
The fatty acids contained inside coconut oil are Lauric acid, Myristic acid, Caprylic acid, Capric acid, and Caproic acid which are all medium chain fatty acid. Other fatty acids contained inside coconut oil are Palmitic acid, Palmitoleic acid, Linolenic acid, Oleic acid, Linoleic acid, in addition to Stearic acid. Aside from the abundant of saturated fatty acid, coconut oil is also composed of vitamin E and moisture.
Why Coconut Oil for Baby Diaper Rash
We know that coconut oil is very good for our health as well as for everyday health remedy. However, why is it also good to treat baby diaper rash? The first and foremost answer will be because it is a hundred percent natural which is the best treatment for babies with very sensitive and soft skin.
Make sure that the coconut oil you buy is a hundred percent natural without any added substance, steroids, or artificial ingredients that could harm your baby’s skin. There is also never a report of babies that are allergic to coconut oil. So if your baby is somehow allergic to most cream you introduce to treat their rashes, you will not have to be worried anymore when you start using coconut oil for baby diaper rash.
There are also many medicinal properties in coconut oil such as anti fungal, anti bacterial, anti viral, and anti microbial properties. The anti fungal properties coconut oil can also treat rash caused by yeast infection and the anti inflammatory properties will treat and nourishes irritated skin.
The saturated fat contained in coconut oil will also make the skin smooth and retain skin’s moisture content effectively and the vitamin E will allow healthy skin and prevents it from cracking. The many proteins in coconut oil will also make sure the baby’s skin will retain its smoothness once they are cured from the diaper rash so you can keep using them aside from preventing rash but also to keep the skin healthy and smooth.
Coconut Oil for Baby Diaper Rash
Even though we have been careful with treating the baby’s diaper, it is inevitable for babies to have diaper rash sometimes. The only thing you can do when your baby has a rash is treat it carefully and make it less painful for them. Using coconut oil for baby diaper rash is more and more common nowadays and it is also part of the traditional way of using coconut oil for diaper rash.
There are many ways and method you can use coconut oil to treat diaper rash on your baby. The first method is applying coconut oil directly on your baby diaper area. Wash the diaper area properly with water and let it dry. Once dry, apply the coconut oil on the affected area using your fingertips and let it dry before you put on the diaper on your baby. The coconut oil will act as a barrier between the skin and the diaper as well as soothing the rashes.
Another method of using coconut oil for baby diaper rash is by making diaper rash cream out of coconut oil. It is quite simple so that you can make it yourself. The ingredients you need to make this cream are a half cup of coconut oil, a tablespoon of calendula flower and chamomile flower, a quarter cup of Shea butter, and a teaspoon of arrowroot or zinc oxide powder.
To make the cream you need to melt the coconut oil in a glass bowl first or double boiler top above boiling water. When the oil melts, add the calendula and chamomile flowers into the mix. Heat it in low or medium heat for about an hour or until the oil in the mixture turns yellow.
After that, strain the flowers using a fine metal strainer and then add Shea butter and arrowroot or zinc oxide powder into the oil mixture and use a food processor to create a velvety cream out of the mixture. Finally, store the cream in a glass jar and use it as needed.
Another rash creams that use coconut oil that you can make and simpler in method is this. You need to melt a half cup of Shea butter, a quarter cup of coconut oil, a tablespoon of beeswax. Put all of these ingredients inside a small saucepan until they melt together.
Once the oil melt together remove it from the heat and then add two tablespoon of vegetable glycerin. Put the mixture inside a bowl and use an electric mixer to mix them together until they become creamy. When done put it inside an airtight container and allow it to cool before using them as a soothing cream for your baby’s diaper rash.
An even simpler method of using coconut oil for baby diaper rash is by mixing it with lavender oil. Pour about a quarter cup of coconut oil into a glass jar and then pour about one or two inches of water into a separate saucepan. Heat the saucepan and once it reach boiling point put in the glass jar with the coconut oil in it until the oil melts.
Remove jar from the boiling water and let it cool for about five to ten minutes and then add in the lavender oil into the jar. Stir the mixture well so that both oil mixed completely and place it in an air tight container. Make sure that the oil is cooled completely before applying this concoction into the affected area. You can also regularly apply this cream in order to prevent rashes to form in the future.
You can also turn coconut oil for baby diaper rash remedy in spray form for easy application. You need to take two or three drops of grape seed extract and two ounces of coconut oil and dilute the ingredients in an ounce of distilled water and mix them well.
Pour the mixed solution into an empty spray bottle and then use it to spray the affected area every time you change the diaper. Do not forget to leave it dry before you put on a new diaper so that there will be no moisture trapped between the diaper and your baby’s bottom.
If your baby get diaper rash because of yeast infection, you should make a mixture of coconut oil and tea tree oil to kill the bacteria causing the rashes. Take a few melted coconut oil and place it in a glass jar. After that put some drops of tea tree oil onto the melted coconut oil and then mix them well. Apply this soothing oil onto the baby’s bottom after you clean and dry the affected area. Make sure that the oil has dried before you put on a new diaper.
Another method that you can use for yeast infection baby diaper rash is by mixing coconut oil with grapefruit seed extract. Both ingredients have anti fungal properties that can help treat the yeast infection. Fill a small jar with coconut oil and then add five to ten drops of grapefruit seed extract and mix them well.
Apply this mixture on the affected area after every time you change your baby’s diaper. If your baby is over six months, a few drops of tea tree oil can be added into the mixture for extra treatment of the yeast.
You need to remember to use extra virgin oil when you plan to make one of this coconut oil for baby diaper rash methods. It is also a good idea for mothers to also consume coconut oil when they breastfeed their babies so that the results will be more apparent. You should also not wrapped up your baby in diaper all the time and let him or her be diaper free for a while. It will also be good for the diaper area skin to breathe the free air.
How to Prevent Diaper Rash
Even though now you know how to use coconut oil for baby diaper rash, it is still better if you also able to prevent it. There are many ways and things that you can do in order to prevent diaper rash. You should change soiled diaper or change it every two to three hours. You should also clean your baby’s skin when they soiled their diaper and between changing diapers.
You should also soak the baby’s bottom occasionally to clean the bacteria that are possibly there, it will also soothe baby’s skin after a long time of being in contact and chaffed by the diaper they wear. When cleaning or drying baby’s bottom, you should not rub the skin and pat it instead to minimize rough contact with the materials of the wipes. Also, use a soft cloth when you are drying your baby’s bottom.
Another thing that you should mind is not to change the diaper brands too much since each brand have their own formulation of their diaper products and this change can also cause rash in babies since their skin is so very sensitive. You should also not tighten the diaper too much since it will chafe the baby’s skin and in turn, it will also lead to chaffing.
However, you should check that the diaper is not moving too much so that it will not chafe your baby’s skin. If you decide to use cloth diaper instead of disposable diaper, you should follow carefully the direction from the manufacturer on how to clean the diaper. It is also best if you use gentle soap or detergent to wash the cloth diaper since it will minimize the irritant that can cause diaper rash.
If your baby has to consume some antibiotic because of doctor’s prescription, you should also start a probiotic food supplement that will be able to lower the chance of diaper rash. If your kid started going to school or a daycare center, ask the caregivers to watch out for diaper rash for your kid and it is their obligation to give good hygiene. And when the baby start to eat solid food, you should introduce it one by one, also for the sake of lowering the chance of diaper rash and upset stomach.
Other Medical Properties of Coconut Oil
As I said before, aside from using coconut oil for baby diaper rash, there are also many other medicinal properties of coconut oil that you can make use of. Coconut oil can cure fatigues with the saturated fats found in abundance inside it as a great source of energy; you can consume it for effective cure or fatigue and lack of energy.
Coconut oil also has anti oxidant and anti aging properties. The two very useful properties come from its saturated fats such as Caprylic Acid, Capric Acid, Myristic Acid and Caproic Acid. These saturated acids can counter the effects of aging, sagging of the skin, whitening of hair, and macular degeneration.
These acids can also be antibacterial agent by converting themselves into monocaprin and monolaurin as a reaction of meeting certain enzyme inside the human body. This antimicrobial property protects our bodies from conditions such as rashes, itches, athlete’s foot, ringworm, and dermatitis.
Coconut turns out to be a great agent to reduce hair loss as well as keeping your hair black and prevent it to turn white. Aside from reducing hair loss, coconut oil is also a great cure for dandruff by moisturizing the drying and peeling skin on our scalp.
The antimicrobial properties of coconut that we mentioned above can also be an effective treat for Candida. Coconut oil can also be used to treat intestinal round worm and tape worms. If you have chronic digestive problems, taking coconut oil regularly in certain amount can also help reduce your problems. It will also speeds up the metabolic activities inside your body and fat burning and in turn help you in your weight loss program.
Coconut oil can also help treat lethal diseases such as heart disease and HIV. The many fatty acids contained inside the oils can help protect our body from many types of deadly cancer disease and the fatty acids found in coconut oil is the same as the acids found in the Mother’s milk. Result in quite recent research also state that the coconut oil can be used in treatments against HIV infection due to the high fatty acid contents.
The medium chain triglycerides contained inside coconut oil can also lower the level of bad cholesterol that can block blood circulation in the arteries and in turn prevent and lower the risk of heart attack. From these facts, we can see that even though the coconut oil contains many fatty acids and many people are concerned about it, coconut oil turns out to be quite friendly to the heart.
Other Uses of Coconut Oil around the House
Aside from treating many diseases and using coconut oil for baby diaper rash, there are also other uses of coconut around the house in creative yet practical ways. When your cutting board started to look dry and less appealing, you can use coconut oil to clean, condition, and sanitize it.
You can also use coconut oil when you are making compost tea for your garden. The use of coconut oil will lessen the foam the process will create. You can also use coconut oil as metal polish from your furniture or appliances made from metal. Use a small amount to try in a small area to see how the wares react first before wiping the entire wares with it
If you are looking for a simple and affordable leather moisturizer and softener, you can also use coconut oil like you use other leather conditioner products. You can also substitute the use or corn and lard oil with coconut oil when you are seasoning your pots and pans.
The use of WD-40 can also be substituted by coconut oil when you have to lubricate squeaky hinges and mechanism. Coconut oil can also be used to clean and condition your wooden furniture pieces. If you plan to use it, do not forget to try it in a small area first before you rub the oil all over the furniture pieces.
If your shower walls or flooring started to show soap scum, you can also use coconut oil to clear it. Wipe the area with a dollop of coconut oil with a dry cloth and then spray some white vinegar on the scum area to help the coconut oil remove the sum and finally, wipe the area dry with a lint free cloth.
If you have a repainting project of one of your room, you can get rid of your paint splattered hand with coconut oil. You can also clean the brush you use for painting with coconut oil. However, this method will only work with oil based paint and not the water based one.
Coconut oil can also be used to clean and condition the inside of your car. Wipe your car interior with a small amount of coconut oil and apply it with lint free cloth. The cleanliness and sanitary of your mouth guard can also be ensured by applying a thin layer of coconut oil on the mouth guard. Leave the layer of coconut oil on the tool when not in use and clean it before you use it.
If you have many potted plants inside your house and are looking for simple and easy way to make them look shinier without damaging the plant, you can also use coconut oil. Rub a small amount of coconut oil on the leaves with a lint free cloth. Finally, coconut oil can remove chewing gum from practically any visible area, the floor, the furniture, the clothes, or even the hair.
Coconut Oil and the Heart
Since coconut oil are mainly made up by saturated fat, many people are very reluctant to use coconut oil in their food since they are worried that the fat contained in coconut oil will affect their cholesterol especially for those who are prone to heart disease.
Since coconut oil contained saturated fat instead of unsaturated fat such as contained in olive oil or polyunsaturated fat that is found in flax seed, it is a bad idea if you use coconut oil as the main source of fat in your diet. When it comes to researches, there are many animal researches that show a raise in the cholesterol level in rats and other animals. However, there are also criticisms towards these researches since they use a highly processed form of coconut oil instead of the extra virgin coconut oil.
As for the effect of coconut oil when consumed by humans, there is a new research that are done by the researchers from Malaysia that in fact found out that the LDL cholesterol in human rise up to eight percent when the research subject consume coconut oil rich diet when compared to diets rich with olive oil.
The studies done up till today indeed shows that it is true that the saturated fat contained inside coconut oil raise the cholesterol level in human. However, the notion that saturated fat causes heart disease in human is still under speculation since coconut oil does not explicitly cause heart disease.
Researchers failed to find a strong link between the consummations of coconut oil with the increased risk of getting this dangerous disease. The people in the medical world are starting to rethink the link between coconut oil and heart disease after this review.
However, even if you are consuming coconut oil but failed in balancing your diet, you will still be prone to diseases such as heart diseases. If you lessen your coconut oil but increase your intake of sugar, for example, it is not a good food substitution since you are still endangering your health only with different method.
If you consume coconut oil in place of the hydrogenated vegetable oil that is full of trans fat, then it could be a better decision that you are making to lessen the risk on your health. It all comes back to what we consume in general rather than what we consume in particular.
What about Coconut Water?
Coconut water is gaining more popularity in the United States since there are so many drinks with coconut water flavors sold in many grocery stores nationwide. Since we are talking about coconut oil already, we will also talk about the matters of coconut water in relation to our health.
Pure and unflavored coconut water is taped right from the inside of the durable coconut fruit. It is the food for the sprout of the coconut to grow and survive even when it is separated from the coconut tree. This is why coconut water is very rich and nutrients and calories so that the fruit can grow healthily.
However, if you are trying to lose weight, you should consume coconut water very carefully. As I said before, coconut water is rich in calories it is practically liquid calorie. A cup of eight ounces of coconut water contained 45 calories. People said that if you drink coconut water before, during, and after your work out for weight loss, the calories you burned will be cancelled out by the amount of coconut water you drink.
However, since coconut water is better than even extra virgin coconut oil or coconut milk in terms of saturated fat, you can still consume coconut water whenever you want. In fact, if you are not on a weight loss diet and is engaging in a more than one hour workout or physical exercise, the best option for you to replace all of the fluid and electrolyte you lose when you exercise is by drinking coconut water. You just need to make sure that what you are drinking is pure coconut water without any kinds of addition inside it.
To make sure that there are no added substances be it sugar, sodium, or even food flavoring in your coconut water, be smart and read the ingredient list of the coconut water container. Make sure also that the coconut water is listed in the ingredients of the drink you want to buy.
You should also need to check the nutrition facts label too when buying coconut water in supermarkets. If you see that there are more than 50 calories in an eight ounces serving of coconut water, then it is more likely that sugar or other form of calories has been added into the drink.