My toddler’s favorite food is fruit. Any fruit. He can eat berries by the pint, no problem. This is all great and fine – until it comes out the other end! Did you know that blueberries have seeds? Lots and lots of seeds….
Change subject! Sort of.
Without getting into any serious detail, I will say he has had his fair share of diaper rash. It’s been so bad that his booty-butt has blistered. Every time it happens, I need to take extra precautions like using warm water on cotton squares instead of baby wipes, using a ridiculous amount of moisture barrier ointment, etc. Not to mention he fights me every step of the way because it HURTS. It’s literally a pain in the butt for both of us!
A few days ago, he blistered again. I used a moisture barrier cream until the irritation had gone down, and then I tried some essential oils on that baby butt. It seems it helped wonderfully at healing up the blisters, once the need for a moisture barrier had passed.
This recipe is simple! Here is what I used for a toddler sized child:
- 4 tablespoons Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil
- 4 drops Lavender Essential Oil
Coconut oil is something I always have in the house. Studies like this one conducted by The International Society of Dermatology verify that coconut oil is extremely effective at keeping skin moisturized. I often use this on my toddler post bath as well, in place of a commercial lotion.
Lavender Essential Oil has been shown in studies such as this to aid in healing wounds. Lavender is often recommended as *the* go-to oil, as it is so effective at so many things. In addition to wounds, lavender is effective at treating burns and may minimize scarring.
If your child is an infant, I would proceed with caution using essential oils. Dilute heavily with coconut oil. An infant’s skin is thinner than older children and thus extremely sensitive.
This recipe is for children and so it is extra important that you use a pure, therapeutic grade essential oil. The skin absorbs everything put on it and small children cannot filter toxins as well as adults can.
Join the discussion! What remedies do you have in place for diaper rash? Share with me in the comments below!