Stressful days and long hours caring for your baby merit a little bit of relaxation. One thing you can always turn to is the calming and soothing effect of essential oils. But do they have the same effect—and safety level—when used on babies?
We list down some of the things you need to know before putting essential oil on your little one.
Some essential oils may not be gentle for your baby
We all know that a baby’s skin is very delicate and requires the use of the gentlest products possible to avoid allergies or adverse reactions. The more diluted an essential oil is, the better it is for your little tot. To be on the safer side, do not use essential oils—in any way—on kids younger than 3 months.
Consult a doctor before administering the use of essential oils
You may not know it, but your child may be allergic to certain types of oils, or any of their ingredients. Some kids may also have preexisting medical conditions that will not react well to essential oils. It’s always best to check with your doctor first before using any oil on your child whether it is for therapeutic purposes or to promote better sleep quality.
Avoid essential oils with ingredients that may harm your baby
These harmful ingredients come in the form of chemicals. Some essential oils are premixed with alcohol and certain types of fragrances that may not be the friendliest ingredients for toddlers. Your rule of thumb: the more chemicals there are, the more irritants there are.
Keep it out of your child’s reach
No matter how sure you are that an essential oil is safe for use on your baby, you must still store it in a place that your little one cannot reach. Babies should not ingest or consume essential oils, even the ones that are edible. Remember: essential oils for adults are different from the ones used on kids.
Always conduct a “patch test”
You may be confident with the safety of an essential oil but with a “patch test,” you’ll get to see if your child’s skin is really compatible with a certain oil type. To conduct a patch test, apply a diluted essential oil sample on your child’s skin and observe if his skin reacts after 24 hours. If there is no reaction, the oil is most likely safe to use. Discontinue use if your baby’s skin shows any adverse reaction such as redness or itchiness.