January 13, 2012

An All-Natural Cure for Cradle Cap

Cradle cap. Or cradle crap as my mom calls it. It’s that ever so lovely scaly scalp that newborns and sometimes babies get on the top of their little heads. It’s unattractive for sure but not harmful or painful for your baby. If your baby is a little baldy like my daughter, Lady Bug, is then it’s definitely an annoying eye sore.

Cradle cap is not caused by allergies, bacteria or poor hygiene. In newborns it’s a lingering hormone that is leftover from when the baby was in utero later in pregnancy. The hormone causes extra oil to be produced by the glands. Another theory is that it’s an irritation from a yeast that grows in the stuff called sebum which is produced by the glands.

A simple way to manage cradle cap can be found right in your home. Simply use olive oil on your baby’s scalp, massaging it in, let the olive oil sit for 15 minutes or more. Some moms even let the olive oil sit on the scalp overnight. I didn’t do that though! Take a fine tooth comb and run it through your baby’s hair loosening up any left over skin. Finally, shampoo the olive oil out. You might have to shampoo twice to get it all out of the hair. I had to do this with Lady Bug.

It’s not a cure but it will help the appearance of your baby’s head!

*Information on cradle cap taken from BabyCenter.com

Elizabeth (aka Bert) Anderson married her college sweetheart in 2005, and started her journey into motherhood in 2008 with the birth of her son.  She started blogging in 2009 as a way to keep track of her thoughts on being a first time mom, especially her struggle with postpartum depression, and as a way of reaching out to other moms who are struggling with the same things.  This June, Bert had another first in her motherhood travels - a little girl!  Even though she's newly a mother of two, Bert maintains that no matter how many children you have you will always be a "first time mom" because there's a first time for everything!  Visit her blog, at FTM. Bert is a contributor for She Thinks Media.

3 comments:

I was totally planning on doing this soon. My doctor said to use baby oil, and I immediately thought, why buy that when I have olive oil at home that is probably more gentle? And.. well, free! ha!

I normally would just gently loosen it with a fingernail (also fine) or leave it completely alone, but my doctor indicated that it COULD get infected if it was left untreated, or move down onto baby's face. We didn't treat our first's-- just did the fingernail thing and it eventually went away, but because the doctor commented on it, I might go ahead and treat it anyway.

I had some cj's BUTT'r diaper rash creme for cloth diapering and decided to try it since it was all oils etc. it helped a lot! it's basically a lotion anyway. we put that on at night or shortly before a bash and scrubbed with the soft brush from the hospital.

coconut oil works too, or so I'm told.