I wanted to add a special section for cradle cap treatments. For parents not yet familiar with this terminology – cradle cap is a skin condition sometimes seen in babies caused by excessive production of sebum, characterized by areas of yellowish or brownish scales on the top of the head. Shampoos may not suffice in many cases and you need specialized solutions. One usually associates babies with purity and freshness and so it can be quite disconcerting to see your precious babies head look extremely flaky and it is natural to panic when you see the baby shed these flakes in great bunches.
Some natural remedies are worth trying and may work for most babies
- Use olive or almond oil, rub it well on the baby’s hair and let it settle for around 15 minutes. Then you could gently rub with a cradle cap brush and get the flakes loose before shampooing.
- You could use virgin coconut oil as well but be sure to let it sit for longer periods before the bath. Shea butter is also an acknowledged remedy and so is vaseline- mothers leave them on overnight and then shampoo in the morning.
- You could also use one of these combs after oiling. Use the fine toothed side for more stubborn flakes.
- Keep the baby well hydrated as the flakes could be the result of inability to retain moisture. After bath you could apply some Soothe and Heal by Lansinoh to help retain moisture on the head. Also keep the humidifier on so that the skin does not dry on its own.
- The cap is likely not to go away fast so keep at it everyday and you will soon see it disappear.
- If it gets really bad asked your doctor for any supplerments(if breastfeeding) or a particular formula that could help by providing more Omega 3 in the diet.
I am not going to recommend any specific solutions for cradle cap because – quite frankly I dont think they are better than any of the home remedies suggested above. You might opt for one of these oils or ointments if the earlier suggestions don’t work for you.
These two shampoos were the most recommended ones for cradle cap