So tell me if I am right….You have this beautiful little baby, and then all of a sudden you notice their poor head looks like fish scales. If you are a first time mom or have not heard of cradle cap before, you might freak out at first.
If you are like me, you probably have tried everything to get rid of cradle cap, but NOTHING works! Well I am here to tell you, there are simple solutions to your baby’s cradle cap problems. Keep reading to learn how to get rid of cradle cap, and how to keep it gone forever.
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But First, What Is Cradle Cap?
Cradle cap is completely harmless, and even though you might not like the way it looks, it is pretty common among babies.
Cradle Cap is basically just baby dandruff.
Your baby’s head could look red or flaky.
Cradle cap doesn’t always just appear on the head; it can appear on other parts of the body as well, such as:
What Causes it?
Unfortunately doctors do not know what causes cradle cap.
Cradle cap could be caused by your baby having overactive glands, because their bodies are still balancing mom’s hormones that they were subjected to in the womb.
Cradle Cap Treatments
Coconut Oil (Or Baby Oil)
I use coconut oil for everything, but who knew you could use it to get rid of cradle cap??
To use coconut oil for cradle cap, you will want to put your baby on a towel or burp rag, because it can be messy.
Take just a little bit of coconut oil, and massage it into your baby’s scalp (or where ever the cradle cap is at).
Let the oil sit for a little while and then wash your baby’s hair like you would any other day.
You can continue to do this every other day until the cradle cap has gone away, but it should only take a few treatments.
My daughter had very bad cradle cap, and I would massage coconut oil on her head as she was falling asleep. She LOVED this, because it would put her right to sleep. She would nap long enough that the oil could soak into her skin, and then I would give her a bath as soon as she woke up.
I found that using Vaseline for cradle cap works much better for severe cases, and you do not have to apply it as often.
However, Vaseline makes a much bigger mess than coconut oil, and it harder to wash out of your baby’s hair.
To use Vaseline for cradle cap, apply it the same way you would with coconut oil.
Expect that your baby’s hair is going to be very greasy until they have had at least 2 or 3 baths.
You can get a cradle cap brush to help get rid of the dead skin.
Keep in mind, you never want to pick any of it from your baby’s head, because this could cause your baby’s head to get infected, which could lead to antibiotics…no fun!
Cradle cap brushes you must see:
- Safety First Cradle Cap Brush and Comb
- Clean Cradle Cap Scalp Massaging Brush
- Goat Hair Brush For Cradle Cap
How To Prevent Cradle Cap
There are ways to prevent cradle cap, whether your baby has not had it yet, or you want to keep it from coming back.
Don’t Over Wash Your Baby
I know it can be tempting to give your baby a bath every day. Warm baths help put babies to sleep, and babies can get stinky pretty fast!
But do not over wash your baby, especially if you are already battling with cradle cap. You only need to wash your babies hair 2-3 times per week.
Over washing will dry out your baby’s skin, and make cradle cap appear very quickly.
Use The Best Shampoo
If you are dealing with cradle cap, your baby has sensitive skin, or you just want to prevent as skin issues for the future, make sure to use baby shampoo and body wash for sensitive skin.
Our Favorites Are:
Make sure to keep your baby’s skin moisturized, but don’t just use any baby lotion.
Our favorite lotions for sensitive skin and preventing dry skin are:
The best time to apply baby moisturizer is when your baby gets out of the bath and is still damp.
Running a humidifier in your house, or even just in your baby’s room at night is a great way to keep your baby’s skin moisturized.
The best way to prevent cradle cap is to be consistent with whatever method you choose.
If you moisturize your baby’s skin, make sure you are doing it daily. Their skin will get used to the lotion, so when you take it away, they could develop dry skin pretty quickly.
Things To Keep In Mind
- Cradle cap can be annoying for moms to deal with, because it might seem like your baby is suffering, but keep in mind cradle cap usually doesn’t bother the baby at all.
- Cradle cap can increase pretty rapidly, so make sure to start dealing with it as soon as you notice any signs of it coming on.
- If you are not seeing any results from these at home remedies, the cradle cap spreads the large areas around your baby’s body, or the area is leaking fluid, make sure to contact your pediatrician.
Did any of the remedies work for you? Please share in the comments below!