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I didn’t know about baby cradle cap until my twins had it when they were babies. My first born was lucky enough not to get it. One day I found that my son’s head was very very dry and had small patches on it. I didn’t know what it was, I just thought it was part of his severe eczema. I then checked on his twin sister, and she had it too!
I’m sharing with you this quick and easy step by step guide on how to get rid of your baby cradle cap and feel at ease.
Luckily I had my mom and aunt to calm me down. They shared useful and quick baby cradle cap treatments to get rid of my babies cradle cap. It worked and I was so happy and thankful for these tips. Since my son had severe eczema when he was a baby, his cradle cap was a little more severe than his twin sister was. But I was determined to get rid of their cradle cap without using any medicated shampoo, which is recommended if your baby has severe cradle cap.
I am happy to share with you that it took about 1 week to get rid of my babies cradle cap. BINGO!
What is cradle cap?
Most babies develop cradle cap due to excess oil on their skin. Cradle cap are rough and scaly patches on your baby’s scalp. Its not harmful, itchy or painful, you can breathe now mama!
Why do babies get cradle cap?
“Some doctors have speculated that it may be influenced by the mother’s hormonal changes during pregnancy, which stimulate the infant’s oil glands. This overproduction of oil may have some relationship to the scales and redness of the skin.” –source
I hope you find these baby cradle cap remedies helpful in getting rid of your baby’s cradle cap.
3 simple steps to get rid of your baby’s cradle cap
Step 1: Daily massage
You want to daily massage your baby’s head before washing his/her hair. This will help loosen up the scales from the cradle cap.You can use your hands very gentle or use a brush. Your baby is not going to mind getting a massage from his mama, it helps your baby relax and feel calmed.
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Step 2: Baby oil + brush
I used baby oil to get rid of my twins cradle cap and it worked so well. I applied a decent amount of the baby oil on top of their heads and then used a baby bristled brush, to brush and remove the scales. You may want to wait an hour after applying the baby oil, to start brushing your baby’s head. Making gentle circular motion to remove the flakes.The baby oil will help the scales soften and makes it easier for you to remove it with a brush or baby comb.
You can also use:
- coconut oil
- petrolium jelly
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Step 3: Wash with mild shampoo
After massaging your baby’s head, applying baby oil and removing the scales with a baby brush or comb. It’s time to take your baby a bath and wash his or her hair, I used a mild or nonscented baby shampoo. Wash your baby’s hair and massage his head gently with a brush to loosen the scales even more. Now, with your hands gently wash your baby’s hair and watch the scales “fly” away! Not even joking, these steps worked wonders!
Keep in mind:
- If you notice that your baby’s cradle cap doesn’t improve with these steps or any other home remedy, please seek the help of your baby’s pediatrician.
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You can repeat these steps as much as you’d want, It took me a week to remove the cradle cap on my babies head. So, I’m hoping it will only take you a week too. Again, baby cradle cap is very common with babies and it will usually go away on it’s own within a couple of weeks. But, I figured you do not want to wait that long. Trying these 3 baby’s cradle cap remedies is worth a try.
Once you succeeded in eliminating and getting rid of your baby’s cradle cap. You can now wash your baby’s hair every 3 days or so. You do not want to over wash your baby’s hair or head because then it will cause dryness. As always if you notice anything unusual about the cradle cap or your baby’s head, please consult with your doctor.
I hope you found these baby cradle cap treatment helpful and useful.
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