Why Is Coconut Oil Good For Babies?

By: Shubham Ghosh
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Coconut oil is a great health agent for people of all ages. This oil is extracted from mature coconut flesh. In countries having a tropical climate, coconut oil serves as a major food item. Coconut oil is also used in various rituals in a number of countries.

Coconut oil is healthy for children, including infants. Use coconut oil daily to help your babies grow faster and stronger.

Also, listed here are some of the top benefits of coconut oil for babies:


Rich In Lauric Acid:

Coconut oil is rich in lauric acid, just like breast milk. Expecting mothers who consume coconut oil and other coconut products daily see generation of more lauric acid in their breast milk compared to those who don't. Regular consumption of coconut oil will ensure that their bodies store fat anticipating lactation and this will incorporate the lauric acid in the fat in their breast milk, giving a boost to the newborn's health.


Good For The Infant's Digestion:

Coconut oil is made up of medium-chain triglycerides that are good for the metabolism process, and this makes it a useful ingredient for the infants' food. Coconut oil is easily digestible and hence is good for the stomach and digestive ailments. Regular consumption of coconut oil also improves the body's ability to absorb nutrients.


Helps Babies Sleep Better:

Massaging your baby daily with coconut oil helps hom/her to grow faster - both mentally and physically. It also makes their bone stronger and helps them sleep better at night. Also, through massaging their babies, the new mothers who are otherwise nervous in handling the newborn, get an opportunity to grow a close bond with the child.


Treats Skin Disorders:

Infants also suffer from mild skin conditions. Babies often suffer from cradle cap (skin rash), which is caused by overactive skin glands. Coconut oil moisturises the skin, especially if it is a highly sensitive one. There are also less chances of your baby developing an allergic reaction.


Improves The Newborn's Immunity:

Lauric acid in breast milk has antimicrobial properties and it is the only protection for the newborn, which otherwise has a weak immunity. Hence, it is not a coincidence that coconut oil is an ingredient in most infant formulas because of its rich lauric acid content.

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Story first published: Tuesday, December 20, 2016, 9:53 [IST]
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