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There are various types of essential oils for babies that you can choose from. However, before using it, it is important to understand the rules of use and the type of essential oil that is suitable and of course safe for your little one's skin
Essential oil or essential oil is used for various purposes, from improving sleep quality, reducing pain, and relieving stomach aches. However, giving essential oils to babies should not be done haphazardly.
This is because baby's skin is still very sensitive. In addition, excessive use of essential oils that are not suitable for the baby's skin type can also damage the fat layer on the baby's skin surface, increasing the risk of skin irritation and infection.
Rules for Using Essential Oils on Babies
There are things that must be considered in giving or applying essential oils to babies, such as:
1. Check the product packaging label
When buying essential oils, first read the packaging label to find out the basic ingredients of the oil. It's best to avoid using essential oils mixed with alcohol and synthetic fragrances because they can irritate baby's skin.
Well, there are several types of essential oils that are not recommended for use on baby's skin, including eucalyptus, hyssop, idaho tansy, sage, and wintergreen. This is because the content has not been tested for safety for babies.
2. Adjust to the baby's age
Actually, there are no specific standards regarding the safe age for babies to use essential oils. However, there are some essential oils that should not be given to babies under 30 months of age and one of them is peppermint oil.
This type of oil is thought to cause respiratory problems, even seizures. In addition, the cooling sensation of peppermint can increase the risk of skin irritation in babies.
3. Mix with diluent oil first
Essential oil has a fairly concentrated concentration of chemicals, so it is dangerous when used directly on baby's skin. Before being applied, you should first dilute it with diluting oil.
Some types of diluting oil that you can use are coconut oil, olive oil, and virgin sunflower oil. You can do this by mixing 3 drops of essential oil with 6 teaspoons of diluting oil.
4. Do a test on the baby's skin first
Before using essential oils, apply a small amount of diluted essential oil to a small area on your little one's skin, such as the forearm. Wait for 24 hours to see if there is a particular reaction before applying it more widely to the skin area.
If within 24 hours there is a reaction in the form of redness or bumps, stop using it immediately.
5. Apply little by little
If there is no reaction on the baby's skin, you can apply a small amount of diluted essential oil to the baby's legs, arms and body. Avoid excessive use because the oil will accumulate on the skin and cause irritation to the baby's skin.
In addition to paying attention to the various things above, you can choose to use certain products that have mixed essential oil with diluting oil. The most common example is baby telon oil.
Various baby telon oils usually already contain essential oils that are safe for babies. The types of essential oils that are considered safe for babies include chamomile, lavender, and ginger.
To ensure the safety of the essential oils used, you can consult a doctor first. You can also ask for a doctor's recommendation regarding the right type of essential oil and according to your little one's skin, especially if your little one does have skin problems, such as eczema.