One thing many people don’t tell you about when you have a new baby is the cradle cap. You know that layer of thick dried out patchy skin on their head. It doesn’t cause any harm. And it is very common for babies. It doesn’t mean you are doing anything wrong. But for a Mom sometimes it can be bothersome to you. Moms don’t like to see dry patches on their perfectly beautiful babies. I know, I’m a mom that doesn’t like Cradle Cap!
Cradle cap is also known as infantile seborrheic dermatitis. And as I said before, it’s not harmful to your baby. And really unless it is extremely severe it doesn’t hurt your baby either. More severe cases may cause skin itching. But for the most part cradle cap is harmless. Just some moms don’t like the look. I mean here you have this beautiful new baby. And they have perfectly smooth skin. Until you hit the cradle cap. It can leave you feeling somewhat like this…
So what can you do? Cradle cap usually clears up on it’s own anywhere between 6 months to 12 months of age. But there are actually a lot of things you can do to help treat cradle cap now and not wait for baby to grow out of it.
Cradle Cap Treatments
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- Gently massage your baby’s scalp with your fingers or a soft brush to loosen the scales. Do this daily.
- Wash baby’s head more frequently. No more than once a day though. Follow up with gently brushing with soft toothed baby brush.
- Olive Oil – some recommend using natural Olive oil. Rub it in and let sit for a few minutes. Then gently brush out and clean with terry cloth.
- Shea Butter – sometimes making sure the skin doesn’t dry out can help clear it up. Rub it in, then comb it off slowly.
- Use Natural chemical free, baby safe shampoo. This removes the oils that clog the pours that makes it more severe. Be sure to thoroughly wash out.
- Coconut Oil – this is the same coconut oil you cook with! yes, it is solid! You want organic 100% natural cold pressed coconut oil. Gently massage a little into the dry skin at night. Then gently brush off with baby brush in the morning.
So do these treatments actually work? YES!
Miss Rose developed moderate cradle cap. And as I mentioned I hate cradle cap! So I did a lot of reading on treatments. There are a lot of treatments out there that include using products that I didn’t feel comfortable with. Things that include unnatural ingredients. Not what I’m looking to lather on my baby’s precious and absorbent skin.
So after reading up on different methods I decided to give a few a try. I got a very soft toothed baby brush, Shea Moisture baby Shampoo (I like this one because it is natural and contains no sulfates or harmful chemicals).
Once evening I gave Miss Rose a good shampooing with the Shea Moisture shampoo using the baby brush to gently massage and scrub the cradle cap. We rinsed thoroughly. And patted dry with a soft Microfiber cloth.
Then I followed up with applying 100% organic cold pressed Coconut Oil to her head. Immediately I saw a 90% improvement. There were very few signs of cradle cap left! The next morning I gently brushed Miss Rose’s head with the baby brush. And you now can hardly see the cradle cap. It leaves us both feeling much happier.
Talk about immediate and effective results!
Now all I do is continue a few of these steps to maintain her cradle cap free look! I wash her head with the Shea Moisture shampoo every 2-3 days. And every other night I apply a small amount of Coconut oil to her head. Then gently brush it out in the morning.
And we get to enjoy beautiful clear skin. Plus the coconut oil leaves a very soft, light pleasant scent.
How do you treat cradle cap safely?
Did your babies suffer with cradle cap?