Vaseline ointment is the brand-named version of white petrolatum and the original version of white petrolatum as we know it. Vaseline ointment was founded by Mr. Robert Chesebrough in1859 and was ultimately branded Vaseline in 1872. Petrolatum often gets bad publicity because of its name. Petrolatum is a safe by-product of petroleum and if properly refined, it has no health concerns. The concern is contamination with carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) if not properly refined. Vaseline is one brand that stands behind its triple-purification process to make sure there are no carcinogenic compounds. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) gives Vaseline ointment a great score of 1.
Vaseline ointment is the crème de la crème of any ointment that can help all skin types from babyhood to adulthood. It is the safe, recommended emollient for eczema flares due to its non-irritant and non-allergic profile.
Vaseline ointment’s original use to heal cuts and burn was discovered by oilmen on drilling rigs. The oilmen would smear Vaseline ointment on their cuts and burns to help them heal faster. Times have changed and Vaseline ointment now has many uses for the skin and specifically baby’s skin. Here are a few Vaseline uses for your baby.
#1 Vaseline use for babies- One of the most common Vaseline uses for babies is as a skin emollient or moisturizer. Vaseline works to moisturize the skin by preventing water loss from the skin. In 2016, an important Northwestern Medicine study published in JAMA Pediatrics found that babies who had a moisturizer like Vaseline ointment applied on their skin during the first 6 months of life had a reduced risk of developing atopic dermatitis or eczema. So- after your baby’s bath time, apply Vaseline ointment to your baby’s skin to keep his/her skin moisturized!
#2 Vaseline use for babies- Use Vaseline ointment after every diaper change to prevent diaper rash. Vaseline ointment acts as a skin protectant to protect the skin from pee and poop while keeping the skin moisturized.
#3 Vaseline use for babies- Prevent drool rash! Use Vaseline ointment as a skin protectant to baby’s cheeks to prevent the skin from getting irritated from the drool. Apply Vaseline ointment all day and all night long to prevent the irritating drool from causing the drool rash.
#4 Vaseline use for babies- Heal chapped lips. Just use a little bit of Vaseline ointment on your baby’s lips when they look dry and it will get them moisturized and healed!
#5 Vaseline use for babies- Heal cuts and scratches. Just like the oilmen, use Vaseline ointment on minor cuts and scratches to allow them to heal faster. The ointment allows for the skin to have the right environment for wound healing. Studies have shown that regular Vaseline ointment use can reduce scar formation.
There you go! We hope we were able to provide you with some reassurance on using Vaseline ointment on your baby.