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Is olive oil good to use as a barrier on my babe's bottom?<br><br>
He's 9 months old, bfing and just now really starting to eat an appreciable amount of solid foods. Today, he's been a little rashy, usually spritz of GSE fixes it, but I'm expecting a poop of epic proportions tomorrow and wonder if a barrier is a good idea since his poop is a little more caustic now.<br><br>
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Well, it certainly can't hurt him, although I think the olive oil might absorbed rather quickly and might leave grease stains on your diapers. (This is just an educated guess.)<br><br>
I really love Burt's Bees diaper cream as a barrier.
 

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Hadn't tried olive oil. I can't imagine it hurtin' though. btw, what's GSE? All I can think of is Grapefruit Seed Extract and that sounds strong, but what do I know - I've only seen it in household cleaners. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/confused.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Confused">:
 

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Lansinoh,Lansinoh, Lansinoh! I can't bbegin to tell you how awesome this stuff is as a diaper ointment. Since it is pure lanolin, it shouldn't affect your dipes. It works wonders on any skin problems. Clears up dry skin patches in aday or two. Great stuff! Has to be Lansinoh, though. I haven't had good luck with Purelan.<br>
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I have one of those oil sprayer things (like a Misto) that I keep filled with sweet almond oil and a few drops of lavender essential oil. It works great as a barrier and to clear up minor diaper rash. I've never had a problem with diaper staining.<br><br>
I *have* had problems with zinc oxide based ointments (like Burts Bees and Desinex) staining, though--especially fleece for some reason. It comes out eventually, but it still bothers me. I use them only on severe problems.<br><br>
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Thanks folks!<br><br>
Turquoise, I use a solution of 10 drops GSE to 1 ounce water and mist. We've had trouble with thrush/yeast in the past, so this is usually my first line of defense.<br><br>
I think I may get some Lansinoh & try the almond oil/lavendar ess oil too.<br><br>
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I like the almond oil too, but hey, I use virgin olive oil for a moisturizer on my face (I know - everyone always thinks **Eeewww** - but it isn't oily and doesn't leave a 'lard' shine on my face or anything). Cheap too! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Now, if only olive oil had UV blocker. :LOL Not that THAT is important for a baby's bum.<br><br><br><span style="font-size:xx-small;">Heather . . . the moderator who often meanders off topic!</span>
 

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I too like pure oils on baby's bum (and my face! I use straight Grapeseed oil on my face, switching to sweet almond or olive when it gets more dry). The barriers I use are a concoction of olive oil, a bit of beeswax to thicken it up a bit, a teensy bit of lavender, and some water.<br><br>
It's easy to make yourself if you desire... I don't have the correct proportions in front of me, but I use about 4 oz olive oil and 1 oz beeswax (melt in double boiler in the olive oil), use a hand blender to beat in the water (about 1-2 oz) until it's been emulsified for a bit, let cool a little and add a few drops of lavender. Store in a baby food jar (or what have you). It doesn't have to come out pretty... it's just for a bum (or hands, feet, whatever). The soothing properties are still there. It works better to clear up diarrhea rashes for us than zinc oxide creams.
 

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Rebecca,<br><br>
Would you mind emailing or pm'ing me the exact recipe to post (with credits of course <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> ) at TDH for other mommas? I'm always looking for more natural 'barrier' style ointments for mommas to get away from the traditional petrol-based or even 'natural,' but commercial suggestions. Much can be done in our own kitchen . . . a good 'frugal' idea for barrier ointments and rash creams!
 
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