Topical Coconut Oil in Very Preterm Infants: An Open-Label Randomised Controlled Trial

Strunk et al, Neonatology 2018


Background: The immature fragile skin of preterm infants represents an inadequate protective barrier. The emollient and anti-infective properties of coconut oil make it a potentially beneficial topical agent for this population. 

Objectives: Our aim was to evaluate feasibility, safety, and the effects of topical coconut oil on skin condition in very preterm infants. 

Conclusions: Topical coconut oil maintained a better skin condition in very preterm infants without adverse effects. This simple, safe, and affordable intervention warrants further investigation