All four of my children have dealt with a common ailment in newborns and infants: cradle cap. That unseemly flaking of the skin on the scalp that really is merely cosmetic, yet bothersome for aesthetic reasons.
My first three children had light cases of the scaly, yellow cradle cap. I would find myself picking at it while the babies were nursing. I knew that it wasn’t harmful to them, but I just didn’t like looking at that crusty gunk on my sweet precious baby. I followed the advice from friends and used dandruff shampoo on their wee little heads, being extremely careful not to get any of the soap into their eyes. Then I’d lightly brush the flakes out with a soft bristled infant brush. This treatment worked, but I didn’t like using such a strong shampoo on a baby’s head.
Our fourth child, who was born in September, came down with the worst case of cradle cap that I have seen. Not only did it cover his scalp, but it even inched down on to his forehead and into his eyebrows. My poor sweet boy just looked so dry and scaly. I decided to search out a more natural way to rid him of this flaky skin.
The answer that I found? Coconut oil! Yep, this wonder oil is good to use to solve your cradle cap problem! It’s really simple.
First gather up your baby, some extra virgin coconut oil, a soft baby brush, a comb, a towel, and some baby wipes to clean your hands.
Lay your baby on the towel to keep your work surface clean. Scoop out a very generous amount of the oil in your hands, rub them together, and then spread it all over baby’s head. If your baby has a lot of hair like my little guy, make sure that you really work the oil down to the scalp.
Use the soft bristled brush to help work it in well if you need a little extra help. This may remove some already loosened flakes.
I thought it was fun to “style” little man’s hair after it was nice and saturated. He didn’t seem quite as amused.
Place a hat on baby’s head and leave it on overnight. Since Asher had some dryness on his forehead as well, I spread a thin coat of the coconut oil there too. If you do this, make sure you don’t get too close to the eyes.
|I call this picture, “The Lip”|
The next morning, remove the hat and using a fine toothed comb, gently comb out the crusty scales. They should be really soft and should come out easily. You can even gently scrape a few of the stubborn ones up with the comb. This shouldn’t bother baby at all.
Continue to comb until you have removed all of this bothersome stuff.
Feel free to style baby’s hair some more. At this age, they can’t protest too much.
After removing all of the scales, wash baby’s hair with your gentle infant friendly shampoo.
When you are done, all the cradle cap will be GONE!! Do a happy dance!
Did any of your children have cradle cap? How did you treat it?