It should come as no surprise to those that use them that essential oils are a huge factor in just about every aspect of life. And when you love what essential oils can do for you, it should come as even less of a surprise that you will want to share them with the entire family, newborns included.
Essential oils can be of great use for babies and young children, but it is essential that you use the oils in a way that is safe for them. This is critical because their systems are so sensitive early on in their development, so you don’t want to run the risk of irritation when used improperly.
GIVE YOUR CHILDREN AND BABIES A HEALTHY START
DILUTION IS KEY
While there are certainly no steadfast rules when it comes to the dilution factor of essential oils, there are a couple of good standards that you might want to reference, especially when using those essential oils on your child. It is essential that you use a carrier oil – something like a V-6 vegetable oil complex is a good place to start – to properly dilute that essential oil. These oils are very potent and can cause massive irritation if not diluted properly.
Dilution Recommendations for Babies and Children
If you plan to use essential oils on your children or infants, here are a few important dilution recommendations to keep in mind:
Use 8 drops of carrier oil for every one drop of essential oil. If you don’t notice an adverse reaction in your child, you can try to decrease this to 7 drops of carrier oil for every drop of essential oil.
By this stage, your children have developed tolerances and are less sensitive to, well, just about everything. You can use three drops of carrier oil for every drop of essential oil here.
Pretty much the same idea as the previous dilution recommendation; your children have developed tolerances at this point and aren’t extremely sensitive to many things. One drop of carrier oil to each drop of essential oil should work just fine here.
Ages 12 & Up
You can skip the carrier oil at this point and just go for the full labelled concentration without having to worry about any adverse effects on your child.
GENERAL SAFETY GUIDELINES
As with just about anything, you want to take some general safety guidelines into account. Because babies and their systems are so new to the world and are still developing, blindly giving them essential oils directly will lead to serious irritation or reactions. Take caution and use some common sense. You can also seek medical advice from your baby's doctor before using essential oils on your baby. Also, take a few of these tips into consideration:
No Essential Oils in the Bath
Avoid using any essential oils in your baby’s bath. When children are young, they love to splash in the tub and this will increase the chances that they may swallow these essential oils or that they will come into contact with their eyes. Obviously, you would want to avoid those two things at any cost, so try to keep them out of the bath.
Consult Your Baby's Doctor
It is good practice to consult a physician before you use oils of any types, especially if your young one is sick. The last thing that you want to do is assume that an essential oil will make things better only to exacerbate the problem altogether.
No Ingestion for Babies
DO NOT let your child ingest any kind of essential oils. Essential oils are highly concentrated and powerful and can have pretty devastating effects on young ones if they are ingested. Keep them away from your young ones at all costs.
Keep Areas Humidified
Try to keep the air next to the crib or around play areas humidified whenever possible. You can then use the essential oils to infuse scents using something like an ultrasonic diffuser. Also, add less oil than you typically would to make sure that you don’t overwhelm your little one’s sense of smell.
do research on essential oil blends
There are certain essential oils that are not recommended for babies such as clary sage, eucalyptus, and peppermint. Try to avoid using this or even diffusing these types of oils around your baby.
Introduce Oils Slowly
Make sure to introduce these essential oils to your baby slowly and gradually. Try to apply essential oils by wearing it on your skin first to get them more accustomed to the fragrance of the essential oils. This is a great way of knowing if there will be any adverse affects to your baby.
Dilute first then spot test
Make sure that you dilute essential oils first and then perform a spot test on the arm or leg of baby's skin. If there is no reaction, you can feel comfortable knowing that the essential oil you are using is safe and will not harm your child in any way.