Hey ladies, I have to caution the use of coconut oil just because it is "natural". Research shows that there seems to be a link between coconut allergies and adverse reactions and those who are allergic to latex. Now mind you that since you're dealing with babies we don't know off the bat just WHO is allergic to latex.
Also check the label carefully because a lot of plants that process coconut also process various tree nuts and as we know those are also big known allergens.
Just want everyone to be safe with baby!!!
Thanks for the warning however lanolin allergy is fairly common whereas from my understanding a coconut allergy is extremely rare. In the UK lanolin used to be in so many baby products but was removed from pretty much all of them due to the allergy risk. Pretty much all products here have coconut oil or detergents in nowadays and there hasn't been any rise in latex allergies that I know of. In the UK as well its no longer recommended to avoid peanuts while pregnant or BF and some of the baby vitamins are peanut oil based, they have come to realise that when it comes to peanut allergy in particular not having any exposure at all to it is more risky than having slight exposure to it. Of course guidelines vary in different countries, in the UK coconut oil is recommended by special care baby units for even the tiniest prem babies xx
No the refined oil doesn't work for thrush according to some, however it does work for the same reasons you'd use Lansinoh for and it has more of a workable texture. The refined stuff did work on my second eldest's thrush infection in creases though and also worked to get rid of the cradle cap that in his case spread to much of his face and his nappy area too. We had tried everything else under the sun. Its worth a try using the normal stuff and if it doesn't work then fine, use the non refined stuff. You couldn't use Lansinoh for thrush either because it seals in moisture and that's the last thing you'd want with thrush.
I believe though from what I've read that some of the studies where coconut oil was found to kill thrush and bacteria it had been treated in some way or had something added to it. It wasn't just regular coconut oil regardless of it being raw or refined. That's not to say the supermarket stuff doesn't work as there's a lot of anecdotal evidence it does. The ladies replying in the US over there the raw and refined stuff is a similar price anyway in many areas so cost isn't really a factor.
ETA: I found out what they did now, the coconut oil used in the recent studies was treated with certain enzymes.
I have read that the KTC doesn't work for thrush. It's the organic raw oil that you need for that works. I bought a tub in tesco the other day 6.99 xxx
If you're looking for raw virgin stuff though the £6.99 one they sell in Sainsbury and Tesco is pretty poor value at only 283ml there are several other reputable organic brands that sell much larger jars for about £8 in most health food shops (including h&b) and on amazon as well. I have a big jar of biona who are a well reputed long established organic brand to use in cooking and a smaller one a similar size to the one they sell in Tesco which cost me about £4.50 that I bought for skincare use for me before I found the KTC one generally works much better for that. Xx
I bought some refined organic and it's really hard to work with. It's basically hardened oil, which is what I figured the unrefined would be as well. I had some unrefined that I had purchased years ago, so I pulled that out, and it would be much easier to apply as it's soft and I can take out a chunk instead of rubbing my finger on the refined to melt some onto it...?? Did I get the wrong kind?
One thing I do like about the refined is that it's odorless. I L.O.V.E. coconut and everything about it, but I have a feeling that if I'm rubbing it on me all the time I might get sick of it, which would make me really sad. Plus, I like that my baby can't smell or taste the coconut.
I'm not sure about the refined brands you have there but the refined one we have here is quite hard especially in chilly weather but it's not so hard that its impossible to work with, it melts very easily if you can get a chunk out and warm it on your fingers. Also the longer the jar has been open the softer it goes in general. I did make the mistake though of buying the refined one in a narrow necked bottle- it was impossible to get out! Xx
I take my coconut oil (virgin organic) and put a small amount in a tiny jar. Then it is easy to get out. I just pull a bit up the side of the jar and rub it between my fingers and it melts instantly.
Grapefruit seed extract is great for trush like mentioned above, but the taste is horrid so I wouldn't give it to my baby unless a bit older and if it was absolutely necessary. I do use it myself every time I feel like I might get sick though and then I don't get any bronchitis or strep like I normally would.
We tried both virgin coconut oil and GSE for thrush and neither helped. I have a friend who cleared thrush with coconut oil. For us it got a lot worse after 5 days of coconut oil which is why I tried GSE. It was very dilute but I guess the taste was still yucky because LO would make a funny face at first. The breasfeeding doctor we saw asked me to stop the GSE because she has seen burns happen with it. It wasn't helping anyway.
Prescription creams and nystatin haven't cured it either, so we might move on to diflucan for both of us. The doctor thinks we have a resistant strain. Once it's cleared up I'll probably regularly apply coconut oil in case it can help prevent it? I'm also starting to take at least a tablespoon daily to increase the fat content of my milk (it's working!).
I also used unrefined oconut oil a lot on my belly when I was pregnant. I loved the smell and was sad it faded quickly!
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