20 Ways To Use Coconut Oil On Infants and Children

Written by Jennifer S on April 26th, 2013

Healthy Living, Holistic Health


Coconut oil is all these rage these days. It has literally become the go-to treatment for most anything. This is because it truly is powerful stuff. It is an all-natural healer that is affordable and readily available, so why not take advantage of its magic?

Coconut oil is the most nourishing oil you can put onto your child’s skin. The small molecular structure of coconut oil allows for easy absorption through the skin and into the cell structure of the connective tissues. This means that it has the ability to actually restore damaged or diseased skin. Coconut oil will also have lasting benefits, unlike most lotions and creams designed to “heal” external issues.

While there are some pretty obvious ways in which infants and children can benefit from coconut oil, there are also a few others you may have overlooked. Below are 20 ways that you can use coconut oil on infants and children.

  1. Allergies/Hay Fever – rub a little inside the nostrils for quick relief. The pollen will cling to the oil.
  2. Baby Acne – apply a thin layer onto areas affected with baby acne twice daily until gone. Read more about how coconut oil works for acne.
  3. Bruises – applied directly to the bruise, coconut oil enhances the healing process by reducing swelling and redness.
  4. Bug Bites and Stings – when applied directly to a bug bite or sting, coconut oil can stop the itching and burning sensation as well as hasten the healing process.
  5. Burns – apply to burn site immediately and continue applying until healed. Will reduce the chances of permanent scarring and promotes healing.
  6. Chicken Pox – taken internally and applied topically, it relieves itching, reduces inflammation, and reduces the severity and duration of the illness.
  7. 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.
  8. Croup – mamas around the globe swear by a mixture of coconut oil and essential oils rubbed onto their child’s chest.
  9. Diaper Rash Salve – very comforting on a rashy bum with no harsh chemicals. Also safe for cloth diapers.
  10. Ear Infection – place a few drops inside the ear twice daily for relief from pain. Also fights the infection itself.
  11. Hang Nails – apply to the hang nail to prevent infection and promote healing.
  12. Healing – when applied on scrapes and cuts, coconut oil forms a thin, chemical layer which protects the wound from outside dust, bacteria and viruses. Coconut oil speeds up the healing process by repairing damaged tissues. Plus, it smells a heck-of-a-lot better than anything from the pharmacy.
  13. Lice – for detailed information, please read my post on coconut oil and head lice.
  14. Poop Repellent – sticky meconium or a case of acidic poop is no fun. Rub baby’s bottom with coconut oil and it will form a barrier which also makes poop slide right off. Easy clean up!
  15. Ringworm – apply coconut oil to the area 8-10 times per day until healed.
  16. Soft Spot Strengthener –rub coconut oil on the baby’s soft spot to help fortify the area.
  17. Sty Treatment – apply a dab of coconut oil three times daily directly onto sty.
  18. Sun Burn Relief – rub liberal amounts of coconut oil onto the affected area.
  19. Sunscreen – coconut oil alone can offer some degree of sun protection however, it works even better when used in conjunction with other oils that contain natural SPF.
  20. Teething Pain Reliever – rub directly onto gums of teething babies and children to ease the pain.

If you are interested in learning more about the powers of coconut oil, please check out 333 Uses For Coconut Oil.

Do you use coconut oil on your children? How has it helped? Share here!

I have to advise you that statements in this post have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  Products and/or information are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent any disease. Readers are advised to do their own research and make decisions in partnership with your health care provider.  Nothing you read here should be relied upon to determine dietary changes, a medical diagnosis, or courses of treatment.

About The Author: Jennifer S

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Jennifer blogs about conscious parenting practices, mindful living, holistic health and wellness, natural healing, real foods (with a focus on coconut oil) as well as Waldorf based parenting approaches at Hybrid Rasta Mama.

71 Responses to 20 Ways To Use Coconut Oil On Infants and Children

  1. Simone

    Is there a specific brand of CO that you prefer?

  2. Emily Bonsall

    Hi I am desperation. My LO is 5 months and has just come out of hospital after having a what the dermotologist called agrodermatitis. He has had what the doctors have diagnosed as eczema since 8 weeks old and have prescribed a heap of medicated creams and lotions. The latest zerobase and sudacream mixed together to form a paste. My gut is telling me that this is making it worse and inflaming the skin. He is constantly scratching his skin. I really do not want to put these creams on him. Does anyone have experience of using coconut oil on skin conditions such as eczema?

    • Brittany

      Hi there! My son is eight months old this week. Horrific eczema. His skin at its worst has looked like leather, felt like it was on fire, a bright red color, and even on skin nearby the affected areas there were often times raised red or purple welts. It was just brutal. I too suffer from eczema.I can’t remember how many causes I’ve tries. Many have added chemicals and toxins and would often burn my and my sons skin. Anyhow, one day in desperation I researched home remedies.. coconut oil repeatedly came up. This is just my personal experience, but my son and I immediately within seconds started to feel cooling relief. Within one to two minutes the welts started disappearing very rapidly. By the end of the day, my little guy had the skin a baby doll. I kid you not, this oil has changed our lives immensely. I would recommend it tinted world if I could!

  3. Nuraan

    Hi. How do i apply it on my toddlers hair and what do i use to rinse it out? can i use regular shampoo? should i leave it in the hair?

    • Simone

      I put it on my babies hair 30 min to an hour before I give her a bath and then just wash her like normal. I use Johnson & Johnson head to toe. It makes it greasy looking (obviously because it’s an oil) so I don’t like to just leave it all day. I only do it a couple times a week and it works awesome!

  4. Nuraan

    Thanks simone 🙂

  5. yadi

    My baby has developed baby acne and it wasn’t that bad until theses few days. He has a dry scaly skin and i just want to find something to help it go away. Will coconut oil help and do i wash it off or just leave on his skin?

  6. sandra

    My 9y/o girl (dark skin) has old mosquito bite scars. but she is always picking at them and makes them bleed constantly. could CO help to heal and fade the scars. What brand should I buy and how should it be used.
    My 11y/o boy suffers from mild ezcema… the fall and winter are the worst time for him. Can CO help? how should I apply it and should it be combined with any other product.

  7. Lou

    Hello there
    I have 1 month old niece she has rashes all over face is CO safe to use on her face

  8. kiki

    My son has some rash forming around his mouth from the cold weather. Is it okay to use coconut oil on his face and how should I do so? I am so happy to have found this site, I have been told to use neosporin, but after looking at the ingredient list…i decided not to! Thanks in advance:)

  9. Jeannie

    My son had cradle cap when he was born, we turned to VCO for relief and it worked really well.
    Now at 2mo, he has developed dry scalp so we truned to VCO again. We have been using it for week now and today, when rinsing his hair (warm water only) he was screaming in pain (with tears) and the scalp is all red.
    I was almost in tears. Could I have possibily thined his scalp? Any pointers please?

  10. tawanna

    What brand of coconut oil for my 4 month old baby girl?

  11. bibi

    My daughter just turned 11 and she’s getting little bumps on her face would this work for her?

  12. Jenny

    Where can I fine coconut oil

  13. YK

    Am presently using coconut oil for my baby’s cradle cap n it’s working all those lost hair is growing back. And am also applying it on my eyes dark circle I can see the difference now.

  14. Toni

    My 3yrs old daughter is always scratching herself when she is about to sleep and during summer she is doing the same,I changed soaps and lotion but still scratching herself so bad

  15. Janie

    Love most of these! But please don’t use on burns… Run cool water over the burn until it returns to normal body temperature. Oil traps in heat if applied before the burn cools. When we have patients come into the the ER with anything put on burns it has to be scraped or rubbed off which is very painful for the poor kiddos.

  16. ashley

    I read elsewhere that CO is good to aid babies gain weight. Anyone have experience with this use?

  17. Amina Uwagbale

    coconut oil works magic. used it on my 4months old baby because of rash and it dry’s it.

  18. Shauna Garbiack

    Has anyone used coconut oil for gas in newborns? I have a 6 week old baby. If so, how much to ingest?

  19. Shqipe

    Thank you so much for the tips.
    My son is 21 months old, i have used creams like nivea soft cream and Sudokrem, he never had a heavy rasch. After applying the coconut oil on his scalp and after rinsing off with warm water should I apply his shampoo after or just dry him off ?
    Thank you ……

  20. Tukuna

    For the first time in months, I was able to sleep without my 10 month old waking up a hundred times. Last night after his bath, I massaged his chest, also around his nose and on his diaper rash he recently developed. Baby slept soooo peacefully for about 7 hours, only woke up once and then slept another 2 and a half hours. I was able to get so much done and still sleep soundly for quite a stretch. I’ll do the same tonight and hopefully he sleeps peacefully again. I was worried he wasn’t sleeping enough.