The best natural cradle cap remedy
Just when the dreaded newborn hormone spots have disappeared, a good dose of cradle cap may appear on the scalp of your perfect little prince or princess. While completely harmless, painless, and very normal, there's no denying it is NOT cute.
While you may choose to do nothing and let it run its course, there are ways you can get rid of it naturally, if you wish.
What does it look like?
Flaky, dry skin that looks like dandruff, or thick, oily, yellowish or brown scaling or crusting patches. Doctors call it infantile seborrheic dermatitis. You may even notice the same condition around your baby’s ears or eyebrows, or on eyelids.
What actually is it?
Natropath Su-lin Sze, who consults to Weleda, shares, “Cradle cap is caused by excessive sebum production and it can last until a child is three years old. As a baby develops, so does the protective layer on the skin. An infant's skin is five times thinner than an adult's, making it especially sensitive to irritation and environmental influences – therefore it is important to protect delicate skin with products that are as natural or organic as possible and are specifically designed to support and protect the skin.”
What can I do about it?
Avoid over-bathing children that have cradle cap and do not pick at scabs or remove any flaky skin. It is best to seek professional help the cradle crap is bleeding, inflamed, has red sore skin under the scabs, is infected or oozing.
Plunket recommends a couple of courses of action:
1. Brushing baby’s hair and washing it with a mild baby shampoo.
2. Massage some pure, natural oil into baby’s scalp, paying attention to the cradle cap.
- Leave it for a short time – 15 minutes should do.
- Shampoo baby’s hair with a mild baby shampoo.
- Rub baby’s head lightly with a towel, your finger or a soft baby’s toothbrush to loosen the flakes.
- Repeat for several days.
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Did your baby get cradle cap? How did you treat it?