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Is it safe to use lavender oil for a newborn?

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Dr. James Cummings
Pediatrics - Neonatology

In brief: Safer to avoid

Lavender is an herb whose oil has a muscle relaxing effect.
It has been studied as a treatment for hair loss in humans, but its safety and efficacy for other conditions are unknown. Lavender oil appears to have female hormone effects and therefore might not be safe for prepubertal children. Lavender oil is also known to be an inflammatory trigger, increasing sun sensitivity and allergic reactions.

In brief: Safer to avoid

Lavender is an herb whose oil has a muscle relaxing effect.
It has been studied as a treatment for hair loss in humans, but its safety and efficacy for other conditions are unknown. Lavender oil appears to have female hormone effects and therefore might not be safe for prepubertal children. Lavender oil is also known to be an inflammatory trigger, increasing sun sensitivity and allergic reactions.
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