Using Coconut Oil for Healing Diaper Rash Review – Does it Work?

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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?

The Good

  • 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

The Bad

  • Rubbing oil all over baby’s bottom can be a bit messy
  • It doesn’t always work

My Experience

Diaper Rash Cream vs Coconut Oil

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?

Victoria

 

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21 Responses to Using Coconut Oil for Healing Diaper Rash Review – Does it Work?

  1. We’ve been using calendula cream with 100% success for years.
    I won’t buy anything from Burts Bees anymore as they got bought out by Clorox..and they have fragrance in everything…

    • Victoria says:

      Where do you get the calendula cream? I’m certainly not advocating for all of Burts Bees, but the ingredient list on this diaper cream is 100% natural, with no fragrance added.

  2. Kate says:

    I’m surprise. I use coconut oil all the time it works better then other diaper creams I’ve tried. Although my little one has never had very bad rashes. I don’t use burt’s bees they really aren’t any less toxic then other brands. But if I need some real diaper cream I’d been using Ava Anderson.

    • Victoria says:

      Hi Kate! I’m not recommending Burt Bees overall of course, but the ingredient list for the diaper cream specifically is all natural ingredients and has no added fragrances or toxins. The ingredient list is quite similar to the Ava Anderson diaper cream!

  3. Sangeetha says:

    Coconut oil always worked for my daughter. I would leave her diaper-free for a few hours along with coconut oil application.

  4. Hannah says:

    Coconut oil users here too, with good success! But I’d love info on the calendula cream too! Thanks for sharing your post with us at Eco-Kids Tuesday. Hope to see you back next week! http://likemamalikedaughter.blogspot.com/search/label/Eco-Kids%20Tuesday

  5. Andrea says:

    My daughter (now out of diapers) has super sensitive skin and got diaper rash frequently. I also tried coconut oil, but with very little success. We ended up using homemade essential oil-infused balms.

  6. Amy says:

    Hi Victoria,

    I just wanted to say thank you for this post. Our LO has extremely sensitive skin and diaper rashes have been an issue since he was about 1 month old. While I never tried coconut oil I decided to try the Burt’s Bees diaper cream. It seemed to work overnight. My husband even noticed the difference and commented on how smooth and non-rashy he is. Your post made me realize that maybe the diaper creams were a little to harsh on him. Thanks for the post and keep them coming!

  7. Lisa Lynn says:

    Good to know! Thanks so much for sharing on The Creative HomeAcre Hop!
    Hope to see you again tomorrow at:
    http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/06/the-creative-homeacre-hop-20.html

  8. I had similar experiences with coconut oil, but was happy with it to a degree. For a bad rash it seemed useless. Thanks for sharing your experience!

  9. We love coconut oil. It’s has so many helpful purposes. We have used it as diaper cream too. For us, it has worked every time except for when the rash was actually a yeast rash. In that case, it didn’t help at all.

    Thanks for linking up at The Tuesday Baby Link Up! We hope to see you back this week.

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  11. Shady says:

    Strange, EWG gives a score of 3 to the BB Diaper Ointment. Not sure where you saw 1. The worst ingredient gets an 8! RETINYL ACETATE (VITAMIN A ACETATE). Freaky.

    http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/product/319921/Burt%27s_Bees_Baby_Bee_Diaper_Ointment/

    Did they change the ingredients from when you were looking at it originally?

    • Victoria says:

      Hey Shady – there must have been an update to thier data since I wrote this post. Do you have any recommendations for a good diaper cream?
      Thanks for reading!

      • Shady says:

        Unfortunately no. We are dealing with our first rash and the only thing that made it subside somewhat was aloe straight from the plant. We bought Butt Naked Baby diaper balm which has a good Ewg score but it didn’t have much effect.

  12. Karen says:

    I find it very hard to believe that coconut oil did not work, I suffer from lichen sclerosis which is a skin condition that you get in the vaginal area just like diaper rash in fact have always used diaper rash ointment as a barrier on the very painful sores. Until recently I read about using coconut oil, tried it and could not believe the instant relief from the pain, burning and soreness I had. I even tried extra strength diaper rash ointment wit 40% zinc only to have it burn and irritate my skin more and could only think of the poor baby with a sore bottom who can’t say that it burns! I will never use a chemical first aid ointment again after using coconut oil … Trust me it is amazing!

    • Victoria says:

      Hi Karen, I’m glad that coconut oil worked for you! I guess different types of rashes respond to different types of treatment, right? You can be sure that my sweet baby would clearly let me know if I did something that hurt her!

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