Baby Serenity UK

02/05/2020

Massage Oil

There is limited evidence on which oil is the best for baby and infant massage. However, what we do know is that at birth, the top layer of skin is very thin and easily damaged. During the first month of life, the skin will mature and devlop a protective layer. Therefore, I would not recommend that you use any oils or lotions until baby is at least a month old. 

I suggest you use a high quality vegetable or nut oil that is;

  • cold pressed
  • preferably organically grown
  • without the additions of perfumes or scents

Some examples of these are;

  • coconut oil
  • sweet almond, apricot kernel, peach kernel
  • jojoba
  • macadamia nut
  • grape seed oil

Read the bottles contents carefully. If there are numbers and letters mentioned, this tends to show a chemical mixture.

If there are any allergies in the family or are you are concerned about reactions then speak to your GP prior to using any lotions or oils on your baby.

Use one oil at a time to test for any reactions.

When decanting the oil, use a spatula or spoon each time, rather than fingers. 

Essential oils are not recommended for babies under 6 months of age.

Most oils that are not cold pressed, lie on top of the skin forming a barrier and prevent the skin being able to breathe.

  • Olive oil is not recommended for baby massage because of its high oleic acid content. This can have a drying effect on the skin 
  • Peanut oil contains proteins that may sensitise a baby to an allergic reaction to peanuts or cause a reaction on the baby's skin
  • Mustard oil can have a toxic effect on the skin barrier, causing potential damage to the skin
  • Mineral oils or petroleum based ointments are an option when your baby has dry or broken skin, as are safe and effective in the management of dermatitis and eczema

Note: Always seek advice from your GP or paediatrician if you have any concerns about your baby's skin or possible reactions, before using an oil or ointment.

 

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