- Coconut oil is one of the best choices in hot summer and humid climates.
- Lighter in texture, it easily absorbs into the skin and offers a cooling effect on the body.
- Coconut oil is an effective treatment for sensitive skin and problems like eczema, rashes, patchy skin, dermatitis and cradle cap.
- Applying a small amount of coconut oil after bath will moisturize your baby’s skin and keeps it supple.
- Coconut oil contains anti-oxidants, lauric and caprylic acids, which are great for her skin.
- It also has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties which make it an ideal choice for baby’s skin.
Similarly, Sesame oil is another alternative to coconut oil that you can choose during summers.
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Which Massage Oils Work For Your Baby’s Sensitive Skin?
If your baby’s skin is sensitive and prone to eczema or dryness, do not use vegetable oils like olive oil or high-oleic sunflower seed oil. Oils containing oleic acid make your little one’s skin more tender and dry.
Vegetable Oils containing linoleic acids are suitable for sensitive skin. But, it may be difficult to find whether the massage oil contains oleic or linoleic acids. Therefore, it is better to check with the health care provider to get the suitable massage oil for your baby.
Vegetable oils that contain high amounts of linoleic acids and work for sensitive skin include:
- Nourishes and protects your baby’s delicate skin like nothing else available.
- Use it to protect your baby’s bottom from diaper rash,
- or if your baby develops cradle cap, shea butter is the only cream you will need to soothe and heal this condition.
- Sunflower oil is commonly used as an edible oil and is safe for the skin.
- Sunflower oil contains Vitamin E and fatty acids which help nourish the skin.
- Avoid using this oil if your baby has extra sensitive or rash-prone skin.
- It is recommended for newborns as it is good for sensitive skin.
- This oil is useful for treating rashes and other skin breakouts
- It is especially good for babies who suffer from colic and helps to put them to sleep.
Tea tree Oil:
- Apart from being natural oil, tea tree oil has high antiseptic properties.
- It is used for treating many skin allergies and gives baby a relaxed feeling
- Another essential oil, which you can easily add to your baby’s massage.
- This oil can be safely used after bath as it has a soothing effect on the skin.
- It has a naturally mild fragrance and is not too harsh on baby’s nose.
- It is recommended to use before giving bath to your baby.
- Castor oil can be used to treat dry skin, hair and nails.
- While applying castor oil, avoid the areas around baby’s eyes and lips.
Massage time is a great way to bond with baby. Make sure you make the most of it. Spend a few minutes each day with baby by giving massage. In addition to any other benefits, it will help strengthen the lovely bond you will share forever.
What is the best oil to use on a newborn?
These oils are easily absorbed into a baby’s skin — and easily digested when your little one sucks on his hands or fingers.
Only use a dab and stay away from baby oil or mineral oil — they clog the pores.
Which Massage Oil Is Good For Your Baby During Winters?
- Mustard oil is the best baby massage oil during winters as it has a warming effect on the skin.
- It is not advisable to apply the oil directly on the skin. It should always be used in combination with other bases.
- In northern and eastern India, Mustard oil is heated with garlic cloves and fenugreek seeds. Garlic is known for boosting the immune system, and fenugreek relaxes the baby’s body.
- Another effective massage remedy is mixing mustard oil with carom seeds. This combination helps to soothe colicky babies.
If you do not prefer using mustard oil because of its pungent odour, you can use olive oil or almond oil instead.
- Olive oil is also immensely popular as massage oil for babies.
- There are many brands of massage oils that use olive oil as their main ingredient.
- It is safe to use olive oil for baby skin if there are no signs of rashes, cuts, eczema or other allergies.
- For sensitive skin, it is best to avoid olive oil as it has properties that enhance the permeability of the skin. This can allow the moisture to leave the skin faster and further cause dryness and flakiness, enhancing skin problems.
- Almond oil is a common ingredient in various massage oils.
- It is loaded with Vitamin E.
- Use pure almond oil instead of the fragrant ones.
What essential oils are safe for babies?
- Chamomile, Roman and German (Anthemis nobilis, Matricaria rectutita)
- Dill (Anthum graveolens)
- Lavender – (Lavendula angustifolia)
- Yarrow, Blue (Achillea millefolium)