Does your baby have white or yellow scales and flakes of skin on his scalp? If so, he probably has cradle cap. Both of my babies had it and I found the perfect solution to get rid of cradle cap for good!
Cradle cap is actually really common and a lot of times there’s not really much you can do to prevent it. Contrary to popular belief it is NOT caused by poor hygiene.
The correct medical term for cradle cap is infantile seborrheic dermatitis.
It’s usually caused by overactive oil glands which babies may have because hormones get passed from mommy to baby. Then BOOM, you see those nasty patches. The good news is, it’s pretty easy to get rid of cradle cap if you take care of it before it gets too bad and if you use this method that seriously worked like a charm for us!
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The Trick That Got Rid of My Babies Cradle Cap For Good!
If your baby just has a mild case you may be able to use a soft brush to loosen the scales by massaging his head.
This never did the trick for us though, so I had to find something safe and natural that would take care of it!
I would never have expected this, but olive oil worked miracles! I was seriously pretty impressed with how easily my baby’s cute soft heads were restored after using it.
The great part is, you probably already have this sitting in your cabinet at home. Sweet!
The Simple Removal
- olive oil
- soft baby brush
- fine toothed comb
You only need a very small amount of oil. A tiny bit goes a long way. You can always add a little more if you need it.
Okay, so put a few dabs on baby’s scalp and gently massage in circles with your soft brush. Be sure to coat all the affected areas thoroughly.
Now you want to let it sit for 10-15 minutes.
I laid my baby down in the swing with a towel under him so that we didn’t get oil all over the place!
After 10-15 minutes the oil should have softened all of the skin and scales. You will want to get baby comfortable and give them something to distract them because this takes a little time.
Using the soft brush use circular motions again and you should already start to see the the flakes start to come off. Place the towel you used earlier to wipe off the brush occasionally. You may even want to rinse it off as you go.
Start brushing baby’s scalp at different angles loosening up the patches.
When it feels like there is only stubborn portions left is when I switched to the comb. Just very lightly run it over the patches which should be very soft at this point.
When done you will want to shampoo baby’s head very well. I had to shampoo and rinse about 3 times before I got all the oil out. If you leave any oil on the scalp it could cause clogged pores and then here we are again, right?
Seriously, for my son it took one time of doing this to get rid of cradle cap and it never came back again after that.
Also, he never showed signs of it being painful at all. You really don’t have to “scrape” it off like you would if it were dry because the oil loosens it up and softens all the dead skin.
I think it’s a great natural alternative to using special shampoos to get rid of cradle cap.
When Not to Use This Method
If your baby’s scalp is bleeding, has open sores, or if the cradle cap has spread beyond his scalp call your pediatrician. You may need a prescription.
Your doctor may prescribe a shampoo or a cream.
Please consult with a medical professional before taking any advice.
Easy As That
I hope that this method of getting rid of cradle cap works as well for you as it did for me. I can’t tell you how happy I was when we had that super soft baby head back. And all from olive oil! Who knew?!