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Rachel

My baby's cradle cap disappeared a few days after we started massaging extra virgin coconut oil to her scalp. We did this an hour before bath. It is so good for the skin also.

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I read this online, it concerns mostly peanuts, but I wonder if coconut could fall in the same category:
Peanuts are one of the most common foods to trigger allergic responses. In the United States alone, some 1.5 million people have a demonstrated sensitivity to the proteins in this popular legume—and thus are at risk of developing life-threatening reactions. Indeed, those reactions claim the lives of some 50 to 100 people in the United States each year.

Individuals don't develop allergies to peanuts or other triggering proteins upon their initial exposure. Susceptible people must first create antibodies to an offending protein, based on earlier encounters. Those early exposures don't even require eating the food. Skin contact with peanut protein, for instance—perhaps through exposure to the small amounts in peanut oil—could, in vulnerable individuals, elicit the allergy-triggering antibodies.

That appears to be exactly what happened in most of the 49 children with peanut allergy in the new British study. Almost invariably, they developed a food allergy's characteristic wheals, flushing, and hives after what appeared to be their first exposure to peanuts—usually by age 2. Further probing by the researchers uncovered that many of these children had skin contact with creams and oils containing anywhere from 0.3 to 100 percent peanut oil, according to a report in the March 13 New England Journal of Medicine.

Some of the emollients had been marketed as treatments for diaper rash, and a few were targeted to scaly scalps. In the new study, children whose skin had been exposed to such peanut-oil-laced products were 6.8 times as likely to develop peanut allergy as those exposed only to peanutfree products. Some mothers in the study had used creams containing peanut oil for soothing chapped breasts, but this exposure to peanut proteins didn't seem to affect babies' allergies.

The good news for U.S. parents is that the peanut-based baby and nursing products identified in this study aren't sold in the United States, notes Anne Muñoz-Furlong, founder of the nonprofit Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network, a national educational group with 25,000 members. Indeed, she says, 'we did a study looking generally at creams for nursing mothers [and for babies with diaper rash] in the United States, and none of them contained peanut oil.'

However, many other cosmetics, body lotions, hydrating creams, and soaps do contain peanut oils, nut oils, and soy oils, Lack points out. 'Although not directly prescribed for use on infant skin,' he notes, 'it's not uncommon for mothers to apply these products on their babies—because these preparations are marketed as benign and good for the skin.'

These skin-care products are available throughout the United States, Muñoz-Furlong observes. 'And all of them could potentially sensitize [babies to peanut allergy],' warns Lack, a pediatric allergist and immunologist.

The skinny on peanut allergy

Lack notes that parents tipped him off to the possible peanut problem posed by baby lotions. Several mentioned that their infants seemed to break out when they used the products—especially youngsters with eczema or other rashes.

That's not surprising, he notes, since 'skin inflammation tends to switch on allergic responses.'

'The fascinating thing,' Lack says, was the apparent lack of risk from babies' oral exposure to breast creams containing peanut oil, several of which were quite popular in Britain at the time the study was under way. 'Children who are suckling the breast would ingest these oils that mothers had been applying to their chapped nipples,' he observes, and would therefore seem to face an elevated risk of allergy. But his data showed there was the same rate of usage of these peanut-oil-containing creams in the mothers of children who did and didn't develop peanut allergy. Moreover, mothers of children with peanut allergy hadn't consumed more of the legumes during pregnancy or lactation than had other mothers.

A mom's ingestion of peanut products makes no difference, Lack concludes. 'Only when the peanut oil is applied to the infant's skin does it seems to make a difference—and particularly if the skin was inflamed.'

Intuitively, he says, 'that makes sense, because we're not meant to become allergic to things that we eat.' From an evolutionary point of view, he says, exposure to foreign proteins through the gut should 'lead to tolerance'—the dampening of an allergic response—'which indeed it does in the majority of individuals.'

The body doesn't have the same protection against an allergic response to foreign proteins and other substances that don't go through the gut. Indeed, Lack notes, people who work in the food industry and thereby breathe traces of food-derived proteins often acquire contact or inhalation allergies to those foods 'while being able to still [safely] eat them.'

This suggests, he says, that 'low-dose exposures through a route other than the gastrointestinal tract may actually switch on an allergy.' Higher exposures, he says, tend to switch on another part of the immune system, which correlates with the development of tolerance. In other words, exposures to tiny amounts of proteins, such as can contaminate peanut oil, 'may in fact be more allergenic than high-dose exposures.'
Back to the creams, soaps, and lotions: Lack cautions parents and caregivers to pay attention to their own hygiene. Even if they don't put peanut-oil-containing products directly onto a baby, he warns 'mothers with young infants who have rashes or a [family] history of allergy need to be cautious in using these creams on themselves and other members of their family.' Why? Peanut proteins can be transferred to a baby's skin when a caregiver bathes a child or changes its diaper.

And in households with no history of the allergy? 'It would be less of a problem—but not zero problem,' Lack says, 'because we find children with peanut allergy being born into nonallergic families.'




MoMa

Coconut is not a nut, and coconut oil has so many healthy properties in it that it helps many ailments. I used coconut oil on my two yr old, whose cradle cap never went away, and he had the yellow scales left on his scalp. I thought they would just slough off on their own. We rubbed the oil on his head before his bath, and washed it off. After three times, it was almost all gone! Wish we would have tried it sooner. The coconut oil (extra virgin) IS a great moisturizer for children and babies, and we've used it on dry spots, rashes, and chapped lips, and it works great.

Melissa

Coconut oil is the best thing there is. Most people allergic to tree nuts are not allergic to oils including peanut or coconut. It's the proteins that are the allergen.

You all feed or want to feed your babies organic food, but have no problem putting chemicals on on their skin. It doesn't make sense. Our rule of thumb is, if you can't eat it doesn't belong on your skin. That includes soap! People always comment on how healthy my family's skin is.

A happy mum

I cannot recommend coconut oil enough to remove baby's cradle cap. I just rubbed it on gently and left it. After a while flakes started to come away from my baby's head by themselves. I agree that chemicals shoudn't be put on baby's skin, so this is a wonderful natural alternative. It is light, smells lovely and really works. What more could you ask for? It took about 6 weeks but all of my little one's cradle cap has gone leaving a healthy, beautiful, clear scalp. Try this instead of shampoos, lotions and other chemicals. You will be amazed.

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