Through my practice, I see many moms share concern over their baby’s cradle cap. My first recommendation is to let go of the worry – cradle cap is a very common condition among new babies. My second; is to share my gentle and effective DIY remedy.
First for some background.
Cradle cap or seborrheic dermatitis is harmless and very common. It is most often found on the scalp, but it can also be in the ears, eyelids or other creases of the body. It appears in the first few months of baby’s life and usually disappears within the first year. The cause is unknown but thought to be influenced by mom’s hormones over stimulating the sebaceous glands and causing excessive secretion. It poses absolutely no harm to baby and is not indicative of poor hygiene.
Although not harmful, it may make some babies itchy. I understand wanting to alleviate the itch and ensure baby is as comfortable as possible. It’s super easy and fast to do so!
Hereʼs what you’ll need:
- Olive oil
- Fine tooth comb (and maybe a tooth brush)
Hereʼs what you’ll do:
Apply olive oil liberally over the affected areas of your baby’s scalp and leave on for 5-10 minutes.
Using your fine-tooth comb or toothbrush, gently comb through the hair making contact with the scalp. As you continue to brush you will notice that the dry skin will lift from the scalp. You can use the towel to clean the comb and repeat.
The toothbrush can be used if the comb doesn’t effectively remove the plaques from
the soft spot. You might not want to apply too much pressure with the brush over the soft spot and a toothbrush can be a gentler alternative.
And that’s it. A gentle and effective DIY remedy to remove cradle cap.
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In great health & happiness,