How To Get Rid Of Nasty Cradle Cap W/ How To Video!
Severe case of cradle cap on baby.
Cradle cap, (also known as infantile or neonatal seborrhoeic dermatitis), is that nasty yellowish, brownish, or orangey crust-like substance, that seems to forever implant itself on your little baby’s, poor scalp.
It usually clears up within the first 6-12 months of life, but seriously who wants to wait that long? Especially, if you do not have to. It’s unlikely to reoccur once it goes away, which makes this post and video even more of a pearl..
It’s a very common and completely harmless condition, however it can bother some parents greatly. I for one have covered it up with hats and headbands, so strangers wouldn’t see it. (Guilty as charged.)
It has nothing to do with you not keeping your baby clean enough, however, it can still make a mother feel uncomfortable in public places, like others may be thinking this. So what can we do about it?
You don’t have to simply wait it out, which can take months and months. There are some very simple, painless measures you can take to start getting your baby’s scalp back to normal again! It may take 2-3 treatments, but it isn’t a difficult or costly task to perform. Any adult can do it.
What You’ll Need:
1) Purchase some olive oil at your local market.
You may already have some in your kitchen cabinet.
2) Grab a clean and absorbent washcloth. A soft baby cloth, if possible.
3) Purchase a soft bristle toothbrush.
I bought a child sized one.
Those are all of the tools that you need to get yourself started.
Next, it’s time to put these items to use.
1) Douse your clean washcloth with oil. (You can always add more if need be.)
2) Put the cloth to baby’s head, and rub the oil over the affected areas.
3) Let the oil saturate and penetrate the cradle cap, for a minimum of 15 minutes.
30 minutes up to an hour is even better, if you have the time, that is.
4) Use the soft brush in small circular motions to free some of the scales off of baby’s head.
Don’t apply too much pressure, as you may cause soreness (pain). Be gentle, with a tad of pressure, but not too much. As a mother you can gauge this for yourself. You will get this right. Continue until the affected area has been covered multiple times.
5) Lastly, wash your baby’s hair with baby shampoo, to get the oil out.
If you have a baldy like my Annaliese, you can get away with putting a small amount of shampoo and water, on a towel, and washing the ‘hair’, without the need for a bath. Just make sure all soap is removed from baby’s head, and all oil is completely gone. It’s no fun being greasy.
Don’t expect perfection after the very 1st time. We got about 45-50% clearance on the 1st try, which I was pleased with. I will do it again tomorrow and see how it goes. As said before, 2-3 treatments may be necessary, but it definitely, as shown below, DOES work!
Remember…It is very important that you do NOT try and pick at cradle cap with your finger nails. I did this once, until I saw a show called ‘The Doctors’, which I absolutely adore, who said, that doing that can actually cause an infection in your baby, which nobody wants, so follow my advice above and check out my video below, for a visual run down of the process, and…..
GOOD LUCK. 🙂
*A must see for any mom with a cradle cap afflicted child!*