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How Coconut Oil Keeps My Kids Healthy

Updated on January 27, 2010

Johnson's Baby Massage Techniques

I Baby My Baby With Coconut Oil

Infant massage

When my daughter was a newborn, she was pretty fussy, so I heard about infant massage and how it can help calm babies and improve their health and happiness overall! Now a good massage needs good oil, and being that baby skin is so delicate I needed something that I knew would not irritate her sensitive skin. I did a little research and found that coconut oil is possibly the safest, most beneficial oil to use on a baby’s skin!

Infant Weight Gain

I was concerned because coconut oil has been found to boost metabolism and increase weight loss in adults, I didn’t want my already tiny daughter to have an increased metabolism! But I came across a study that found that preemies massaged with coconut oil actually gained weight faster and better than expected, not to mention the benefits of coconut oil on a developing brain! I knew I just had to try it out, after all, what was there to lose? Well, the doctor was astounded at my daughters phenomenal weight gain at her 1-month visit! One thing I didn’t know, and apparently my doctor didn’t either, is that coconut is a common additive in baby formula and is great for brain development in babies and children!

Diaper Rash

One of the classic skin conditions of babyhood, diaper rash, is common but that doesn’t make it any less annoying for parents and baby alike! Finding the perfect diaper rash cream is a journey every new parent embarks on; I wish I had known about coconut oil as an effective and natural cure for diaper rash. Usually you need a prescription of Nystatin for the treatment of diaper rash due to candida overgrowth, but coconut oil’s anti-fungal qualities clears it up naturally in half the time minus the trip to the doctor! This alone makes it indispensable for caretakers of babies!

Coconut oil to preserve their beautiful baby hair!

massaging coconut oil onto a healthy scalp stimulates hair growth!
massaging coconut oil onto a healthy scalp stimulates hair growth!

Coconut oil for cavity prevention!

use coconut oil on top of your child's toothpaste for an added cavity fighting boost!
use coconut oil on top of your child's toothpaste for an added cavity fighting boost!

Researcher describes how coconut oil kills viruses!

My Well Oiled Preschooler

Scalp Conditions

For a long time my son had a patch of cradle cap that I just could not get rid of with mineral oil, as per treatment directions from other mothers and doctors. So I began rubbing coconut oil on his scalp just like I do on my own for my dandruff, after a week of rubbing coconut oil onto his scalp the scaly patch disappeared! I searched and searched in disbelief, but there it was….or should I say, there it wasn’t! And of course he now has some luscious locks for a 4-year-old! As far as I’m concerned its pretty safe to say that coconut oil will heal most any scalp affliction, with ZERO harmful chemicals and almost no risk of sensitivity.

Keratosis Pilaris

Keratosis Pilaris is a harmless skin condition caused by sebum forming a hard cap over hair follicles making hundreds of tiny bumps that can be embarrassing and a bit irritating for some people. I noticed my son had this problem and knowing that my sister has this problem, and is sometimes quite annoyed with them, I started researching natural cures to help them both and what, to my delight, did I find? Lauric acid makes coconut oil an effective, natural treatment for Keratosis Pilaris!

Cavity Prevention

While I wouldn’t use coconut oil as the only cavity prevention method, with kids we parents need all the help we can get keeping our kids mouths fresh and clean. Coconut oil is a great tasting way to keep the bad breath and cavity causing bacteria in check. An added benefit is coconut oil will keep the kids teeth more stain resistant and shiny. Add a couple drops of peppermint oil or cardamom oil for added halitosis fighting in adults!

1 Tbs coconut oil

1 Tbs sodium bicarbonate

2-3 drops peppermint or spearmint oil

a pinch of stevia for taste

Boosts Immune System and Fights Flu Virus!

With flu season in full swing and this year’s added fear of the dreaded H1N1 how could I pass up letting you know how coconut oil is effective at killing numerous viruses. The lauric acid in coconut oil has the ability to penetrate and dissolve the protective casing around viruses that make them so hard, in fact impossible at times, to kill with prescription treatment. This means that coconut oil can naturally defeat viruses naturally that chemical-loaded anti-virals cannot. What I find especially amazing is that there is no risk of adverse effects and is so gentle it can even be added to you or your child’s diet and expect that it will actually prevent the virus from causing an infection to begin with.

The very best part about coconut oil is all of the benefits I talk about can be obtained through internal and external use. So for those who just don’t like the taste of coconut, topical application will provide you with the same benefits and then some!

Has this hub encouraged you to try using coconut oil on your kids or yourself?

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      Wilma 2 years ago

      Wow, insightful; thanks for the info

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      Charlu 3 years ago from Florida

      Hi Marie you can call 1 ( 888) 280-3321 and order any of the products listed here with Amazon or you can even buy coconut oil depending on where you live at your local Wal Mart Have a great day!

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      marie silveuil 3 years ago

      I like everything about coconut oil .but please not everyone that had Internet access if there's a phone # so we can reach to place an order?

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      Pollyannalana 3 years ago from US

      I used it on my kittens with garlic oil to kill their fleas and they did not mind a bit and looked so good...the second day. lol They lick it all off and get double benefits and no harm like flea meds.

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      JanieceTobey 3 years ago

      I've heard really fabulous things about coconut oil. I've begun using it in my cooking, as well as taking some raw at times. Thanks for the info on your hub!

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      Mia Gordon 4 years ago from New Zealand

      Fantastic hub thanks, really helpful for moms and dads for all kinds of kiddie care. Coconut is wonderful for skin and for general health, we keep a big jar in the kitchen for cooking and skin care (

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      Mimi 5 years ago

      Hi there can I use every day us mustrasd for me and my kids

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      Danielle Lopez 5 years ago from Arkansas

      Great hub! We use coconut oil for everything in my house. Glad someone else has found that it is great for babies. :D Voted up!

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      jaime 6 years ago

      i'm trying to find info on whether i can give my 8 wk old baby a bit of coconut oil to keep her immune system strong during the flu season...any advice?

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      kelleyward 6 years ago

      Loved this! I never knew coconut oil had so many uses. I cook with it but now I can use it for so many other things. Thanks for sharing.

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      Harry 6 years ago

      For kids, 1-2 Tbsp should be okay.

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      Val 6 years ago


      thanks for the awesome info. I was wondering if I want to give my 11 years old son by teaspoon, how much could he take in a day? I know for adults (by body weight) the suggestion is 3-4 Tbsp.

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      jennyjenny 6 years ago from Somewhere in Michigan

      What a great hub! Thanks for sharing! :)

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      Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US

      I just bought some to use hearing so many good things about it and it is organic and only about $5.99 for a pint. It tastes awful but I guess i thought it would taste like the milk, lol, but mixed with something or using to cook which is said to not harm any benefits will be the better way for me to use it.

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      Asmahan 6 years ago

      Great hub :)

      I use cocnut oil for my hair and skin but I'm wondering, this might be a stupid question lool, how do u use it for ur baby's weight gain?

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      deimos319 6 years ago from Prescott, AZ

      Wonderful hub! I LOVE coconut oil! Thanks for sharing.

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      Charlu 6 years ago from Florida

      Great hub I started using coconut oil for wrinkles and my hair when I had originally bought it for a skin condition my dog had. I never realized how great it is for babies

      Thanks and Great hub

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      angelina1607 6 years ago

      How productive content is.....even i am using coconut oil from several years.I mostly use it to treat my headache, and finding the instant positive effects.

      NICE HUB!!!!

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      Zee Mercado 6 years ago

      when my daughter was 8 months old, she had otitis media. i just applied virgin coconut oil twice a day on the affected area and the healing was amazing, it healed sooner than i expected. then when i had severe migraine years ago, my husband recommended that i take virgin coconut oil. i heeded his advice and started taking 2 tbsps of the oil twice daily. now my migraine is gone and and i no longer experience those headaches just before my period. this is a great hub!!

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      ManuPria 6 years ago from India

      Pure coconut oil is available at my granny's place. This time when I go there, I'll bring my home liters of coconut oil to massage my baby daily. Thanks for the great info:)

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      dulal19779 6 years ago

      Coconut Oil Keeps My Kids Healthy not only kids also Men's


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      Tina 7 years ago

      I use coconut oil on a daily basis in my house and have for the past 2 years now. I use it for bug bites on my kids and sunscreen as well! It is also great for eating! My kids enjoy a peanut butter and coconut oil sandwich every day and haven't been sick not one time since we started using it! Also really good to put on hot buscuits instead of butter! I can't live w/out it!

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      aw 7 years ago

      Kids of all ages should drink Vita Coco Water because of how healthy it is!

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      Jentle 7 years ago from London

      I use coconut oil to treat my eczema and it is fantastic. I only use the natural virgin coconut oil not the refined (copra) type which is the dried out coconut meat as it isn't effective.

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      double_frick 8 years ago

      thanks for commenting! :)

      its strange that more people don't shout the benefits of coconut oil from the rooftops! or at least oprah! :P

      it really is a miracle oil!

      thanks for stopping by!

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      jasonycc 8 years ago from South East Asia

      I am from a country where coconut trees are in abundance. Didn't even know that coconut oil is so useful until i read your hub. Thanks for sharing.

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      double_frick 8 years ago

      i'm glad to hear that my information can be useful to others! i know i share things i've found useful so i just assume that others must also! wish they would share more. haha hey, what is your secret for getting comments?!

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      Cagsil 8 years ago from USA or America

      Hey Double_Frick, as you already know, I don't have kids, but I did find your Hub very informative, helpful and valueable to others. Thank you for sharing it. :)

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      double_frick 8 years ago

      yeah, coconut oil has been such a godsend with my kids.

      but you can use coconut oil for yourself for so many reasons, not just for kids! :)

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      daisyjae 8 years ago from Canada

      How interesting. I wish I had known about coconut oil when my son was a baby. He had problems with rashes on his legs and cradle cap. Great hub!