Cradle Cap

Get Rid of Cradle Cap Naturally

Cradle cap is a form of infant seborrhic dermatitis. It can also be caused by a fungal infection, but in most cases it simply is the result of too much oil production in the glands on the scalp and around the hairline. While it will likely disappear on its own given enough time, most parents want to get rid of it sooner and for good reason; the flaking and crusting are unsightly and frightening.

 

How do I know if my baby has cradle cap?

  • Red, scaly rashes on the scalp
  • Yellowish plaque
  • Can spread to the eyebrows, eyelids, under arms, groin and behind the ears.
  • Temporary hair loss
  • Dandruff
  • Itching

 

How do I prevent cradle cap?

  • Regularly shampoo your baby’s scalp to help prevent cradle cap. 2-3 times a week is perfect.
  • While pregnant, take a biotin supplement.
  • Brush your baby’s hair every single day or gently exfoliate their scalp with a terry cloth towel.

 

How can I treat cradle cap?

  • Use coconut oil, rub into your baby’s hair and leave over night, then just gently shampoo and brush out of your baby’s hair the next morning.
  • It’s okay to be a little vigorous when shampooing if your baby has cradle cap. Gently but quickly move your fingers to help work the dry skin and any crusting off.
  • Try a tea-tree oil shampoo, but be sure to keep it out of baby’s eyes.
  • Brush baby’s hair more often to keep removing flakes.
  • Shampoo using a baby brush; it will provide just the right amount of exfoliation. Baby doesn’t like the brush? Try using a terry-cloth towel instead.
  • Try treating with olive oil for a few minutes, up to an hour, then gently shampoo and exfoliate.
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