My daughter is one of many babies to suffer with cradle cap. Most babies will get it most commonly between 0-8 months but older children can get it too.
Cradle cap can cover a baby’s scalp and look yellow, greasy and scaly and isn’t particularly nice to look at but won’t hurt them and is not itchy.
There is evidence to suggest that babies get cradle cap because of the left over hormones in pregnancy which stimulate glands in the skin and make the cells stick to baby’s head, in these cases it often clears on its own! Another reason a baby will get cradle cap is if there is a history of skin conditions like eczema or dermatitis.
Treating cradle cap is very easy! Do NOT pick it! It will leave it sore and could get infected and this will hurt your little one, as tempting as it is. LEAVE IT! There are so many lotions and potions out there in your local pharmacy, Dentinox is very good. When the baby is very young, just washing it every way with a mild shampoo and brushing the loose bits off can help to clear it, adding a bit of baby oil and gently massaging is good.
My daughter had it quite severely, in very big lumps and had it for months. So we mixed sunflower oil and bicarbonate of soda together into a running paste and put it on her head, left it a few hours and washed. It all like fell off! Was brilliant! I urge any mum to try it before searching the shelves in Asda for everything under the sun and not only that something that is also full of chemicals and not good for baby’s skin!
Anyone else got any good home remedies for cradle cap?
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