Tea Tree use in 7 month old baby
My 7 month old daughter has ringworm on her inner arm. The Fragrant Pharmacy suggests using a drop of neat tea tree oil 3 times a day. I love this book and value its information, but as I'm not at all trained in aromatherapy, I wanted a second opinion from you lovely folk on whether you would use this on a baby this young or whether you would use Lavender, which is also indicated in the treatment of ringworm.
Many thanks for your help!
Has it definitely been diagnosed as ringworm? Unusual on a child so small unless she has been in contact with an infected surface or animals that might be carrying the spores. If it hasn't been confirmed by a doc, get his/her opinion first.
I would not use neat tea tree oil - you could try mixing one drop with half a teaspoon of virgin coconut oil, and then apply it sparingly over the affected area. Make sure that you don't rub that part of her arm top vigorously after a bath - let it air dry if you can, and don't let anyone else use her towel - use a clean one for each bath - otherwise the spores can be spread.
I was plagued with the condition as a child and young woman - I had a horse so it was kind of inevitable! I last noticed a problem patch when I was 22 - not seen it since.