Coconut oil is an edible oil extracted from the meat of mature coconuts. It is used as a primary cooking oil in many parts of the world. It also can be used in a wide variety of cosmetic and personal care products. I have been using coconut oil for quite a while now in cooking and baking. I’ve also tried shaving with it and using it as a body moisturizer. Today I want to share my experiences with using whipped coconut oil in baby care. Does coconut oil make a good diaper rash cream?
- Better for baby – virgin, unrefined coconut oil is a safe, all natural product with no chemical fillers, preservatives, or sketchy things you don’t want to be absorbed by baby’s sensitive skin
- Better for the Earth – Coconut oil does not harm the waste stream the way that run off from chemical filled lotion might
- Easy to apply – coconut oil is solid at room temp, but melts easily against baby’s warm bottom
- Smells great – the scent of unrefined, virgin coconut oil will take your senses on a trip straight to the beach
- Saves money – a little bit of this oil goes a long way, and is a better price per application than most diaper creams on the market
- Rubbing oil all over baby’s bottom can be a bit messy
- It doesn’t always work
Coconut! That magical fruit that yields magical oil that will heal all your ills. Or so they say. So, with a new baby in the house, I thought I’d try it out on her bottom and see how well coconut oil works as a diaper rash cream.
The baby had developed a minor rash among her chubby creases that didn’t seemed to bother her, but bothered me a bit. Her skin was not super irritated, but was a deeper red color in some spots vs the normal pink of the rest of her bottom. I put a small jar of organic extra virgin coconut oil on the changing table and started giving her a good application with every diaper change.
Nothing changed. Coconut oil FAIL.
After four days of constant coconut oil, I instead applied some organic, zinc based commercial diaper cream (EWG Skin Deep Cosmetics score of 0, thankyouverymuch). By the next diaper change the rash was completely gone and her skin back to a healthy, happy pink.
Several days later, she developed a bumpy red rash all over her bottom. Her skin was very irritated because she had secretly pooped after I put her to bed, then slept for a good six hours in it. (Sorry baby! 🙁 ) I applied coconut oil, but again her skin showed no signs of calming by the next diaper change. So I went back to the old faithful diaper cream in a tube. Once again the rash cleared by the next diaper change after using the store bought cream.
In our experience, coconut oil is not a good replacement for diaper cream. While it made my baby’s bottom smell nice and fruity, it did not sooth her irritated skin at all. I know that coconut oil has some anti-fungal properties, and so may help for a fungal type of rash like yeast. But it was not helpful for a general irritated skin rash.
I am super sad that our favorite organic diaper cream has been discontinued! However, after doing some research I plan to try out this one next. It is zinc based, has 100% natural ingredients, has an EWG score of 1, and has great reviews on Amazon. Hopefully it will be just as effective as our current cream! You can click on the picture if you’re interested in trying it out with me (affiliate link).
Have you ever tried using coconut oil on a diaper rash? What’s your favorite diaper cream?