How to use extra virgin olive oil on a baby's skin

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How to use extra virgin olive oil on a baby's skin
Extra virgin olive oil is an excellent moisturiser for baby's delicate skin. (Olive Oil image by elmgrover from Fotolia.com)

The delicate nature of a baby's skin requires some special attention to keep it soft and supple. Olive oil is a centuries-old home remedy that moisturises the skin and can heal skin ailments. Olive oil is one of the most effective skin remedies for babies and is readily available on store shelves. However, extra-virgin olive oil is the purest form of olive oil and the best choice for using on the skin. There are several different parts of a baby's skin that can benefit from olive oil.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Olive oil
  • Small bowl
  • Measuring spoons
  • Small eggbeater
  • Fluffy towel
  • Diaper
  • Baby hairbrush
  • Baby shampoo
  • Warm water

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Instructions

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    Mix two teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil and one teaspoon of water in a small bowl with an eggbeater until foamy.

  2. 2

    Apply to affected areas of the baby's freshly cleansed and dried buttocks.

  3. 3

    Put a clean diaper on your baby.

  4. 4

    Repeat treatment at every diaper change until symptoms of the diaper rash have subsided.

  1. 1

    Pour a teaspoon of olive oil into your hands and warm by rubbing your hands together.

  2. 2

    Gently massage your baby's legs and feet until the oil is absorbed.

  3. 3

    Pour another teaspoon of olive oil into your hands and warm by rubbing your hands together.

  4. 4

    Gently rub this into your baby's torso, back and arms until the oil is absorbed.

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    Dip your fingers in one tablespoon of olive oil and gently massage your baby's scalp in a circular motion. Repeat until the baby's scalp is coated with olive oil.

  2. 2

    Gently scrub off the white flakes of skin with a soft hairbrush specifically made for babies.

  3. 3

    Allow the olive oil to soak into the scalp for ten minutes.

  4. 4

    Wash your baby's scalp with baby shampoo and warm water. Rinse well.

  5. 5

    Gently pat your baby's scalp dry with a fluffy towel. Repeat treatment until the symptoms of cradle cap have subsided.

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