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.