Coconut Oil vs. Antibiotic Diaper Rash | Our 10 Day Test

March 3, 2014

in Frugal Tips

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Coconut Oil came to the rescue in our house the past couple weeks.  Let me explain how.

Several weeks ago I took my little one to the doctor for what I thought was an ear infection.  It was so bad that the doctor actually said, “Whoa” upon looking in her ears.  This was definitely not a wait and see if it goes away by itself ear infection.  An antibiotic was necessary.

For me, the thought of putting my little one on an antibiotic causes a big cringe.  It’s not because giving my 2 year old the medicine is difficult.  She actually takes the medicine quite well.  No, the problem is the diaper rash it inevitably causes her.  This isn’t just a run of the mill diaper rash.  It’s the bleeding yeast infection rash that causes my dear little girl a great deal of pain and comes even when I make sure to let the diaper area dry between changes and liberally coat the entire area with a diaper cream.

Most times during and after a dose of antibiotics, we end up having to turn to Lotrimen Foot Fungal Cream.  Not only is this stuff not cheap, but I hate putting foot fungus medicine on such a delicate area in a little one.  Plus it must sting my daughter because she screams while it gets put on.   Definitely not fun and it makes me about cry.

I’ve been implementing coconut oil into many recipes for the health benefits and had read that it could also cure fungal infections – such as a yeast infection in the diaper area.  So before the first dose on antibiotic hit my little one I had put coconut oil all over the diaper area and began our ten day test.

Coconut Oil vs. Antibiotic Diaper Rash Results

We have finished the antibiotics and I am happy to say we didn’t have to buy the Lotrimen!  There was no screaming or squeezing together of knees while diapers where changed over the week and a half either.  The Coconut Oil worked!

From days 1 to 3 I was strictly letting the diaper area dry and liberally applying just coconut oil before closing up the diaper.  So I didn’t get my cooking oil contaminated, I had scooped out some into a separate container that was kept at the diaper changing station.

At about day 3 of the antibiotics, a small rash did start.  I realized that the coconut oil was not providing any shielding action from the irritants caused by the antibiotic.  That’s because it was soaking into her skin so well.  So I added an additional step.

  • Let diaper area dry well
  • Apply Coconut Oil Liberally over diaper area.  It will melt and rub in easily.
  • Apply Desitin or other diaper cream that will act as a shield.

Using these steps every diaper change, the small diaper rash disappeared and no yeast infection from the antibiotics developed.

I definitely am a believer now and wanted to share so you can take advantage of this great product as well and not have to cringe so much next time your little one needs an antibiotic.

Wondering where to get the Extra Virgin Coconut Oil?  The best prices I have found are at Sam’s and Costco.  The whole 54 oz jar in picture above was purchased at Sam’s for a little under $10.  For the whole course off antibiotics, I used less then 1/4 of the container so at most my cost was $2.50.  Much cheaper and safer then Lotrimen.  Plus you don’t have the pain and suffering.

Don’t belong to either club, you can also get the Coconut Oil from Amazon.

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Sarah March 5, 2014 at 12:16 am

With my 3rd baby (now 3 mo old) I’ve been making my own baby wipes using coconut oil. He was raw in places the first couple weeks of life due to the harsh chemicals even in the “sensitive” store bought wipes and after 24 hrs of the homemade ones, he was completely healed! Super cost effective too!

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The Coupon High Mom March 6, 2014 at 6:43 am

What a great tip. Coconut oil is such great stuff.

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Jill March 4, 2014 at 8:33 am

Poor baby! I am so happy that this worked for her! We have used coconut oil for years and buy a 5 gal bucket to share with a friend every January to use throughout the year. I wanted to share that after the course of the antibiotics, give your baby a powdered children’s probiotic in her bottle or cup (Renew Life brand is great) for at least as long as she took the antibiotic. This will put all of the beneficial bacteria back into her belly to crowd out the yeast that inevitably grows when an antibiotic wipes out all of her “good guys” in order to kill the bad guys. Probiotics have worked miracles with my kids. Hope that helps along with the coconut oil!:)

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The Coupon High Mom March 4, 2014 at 12:41 pm

Thanks Jill for the tip. Amazingly her stooles are back to normal the next day after the antibiotic is finished. With her older brother, I did use the probiotics because his stomach didn’t get back to normal for weeks after antibiotics. Fortunately he didn’t suffer the rash like her.

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Sarah March 3, 2014 at 6:40 pm

After reading this post, I wanted to mention how coconut oil has helped me! I suffer from Rosacea, and expensive skin care products and prescriptions were not making a bit of difference to the appearance of my skin. After reading a post from a woman who said she used coconut oil as facial moisturizer, and that it helped clear up some of her acne, I thought I would give it a try. The coconut oil works, and has improved the look of my skin. Now my skin isn’t perfect, but I can see a big difference. I just apply the tiniest amount to my face immediately after my shower. Definitely a frugal moisturizer! Thanks for you website!

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The Coupon High Mom March 4, 2014 at 7:48 am

Thanks for sharing your tip and so glad it’s working for you. I’m loving Coconut Oil. Who knew it could be used for so much.

I’m trying it right now on my 10 years old. She has some red spots on her nose (not pimples) We had tried an antibiotic cream and it didn’t work so giving coconut oil a try. Worth a shot,

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