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REMEMBER:

*Cradle Cap is not contagious
*Cradle cap can be present not only in the scalp, but also inside the ears and on the eyebrows
*Cradle cap can be treated with over the counter products
*Use alcohol free products on your infant
*Use a light oil to gently massage on your infants scalp
*Don't over wash your baby's hair. Once per week is a good rule of thumb.
*Water can dehydrate the hair and scalp

*Take your time, don't rush, the flakes will go away


 

CRADLE CAP can be annoying for parents. It can become annoying for infants if it’s sever because it might itch. So what exactly is it, where does it come from and how do you get rid of it?

 

Cradle cap is medically known as infantile seborrhoeic or seborrhoeic dermatitis and is a common inflammatory skin condition. It causes flaky, white to yellowish scales (it looks like dandruff) to form on oily areas such as… you guessed it… the scalp. Oh and also inside the ears and on the eyebrows of the newborn. It can also look brown and it can be in patches on the infants scalp. Sometimes the skin can be reddened. If this happens and you are concerned, it's okay to seek a medical professional, holistic professional or your child's pediatrician.

 

 

 

So where does it come from?

 

Well first it’s not caused by an allergy and it doesn’t come from poor hygiene. It may come from a fungal infection, overactive sebaceous glands or hormones a baby receives from his mommy at the end of the pregnancy that over stimulates the oil producing glands, which result in cradle cap. IT ISN’T CONTAGIOUS! But you want to actively and quickly take care of the cradle cap. Don’t allow it to grow and become sever. That’s not fun and it won’t feel good to your infant.

 

 

 

Here are some tips on how to treat it:

 

*Gently massage your baby’s scalp with your fingers or a soft brush to loosen the scales. Some baby care kits come with a small toothcomb. You may gently use the comb to loosen the flakes as well.

 

*You can shampoo your infant’s hair and scalp and then after rinsing all the shampoo out gently get the scales out using a brush, small comb or a soft towel.

 

*My favorite is to massage organic olive oil (the brand Braggs is a good one) in the infant’s scalp and hair. Not the face or eyebrows because they are too young for chemicals or soap on the face. Then, once a week, use a gentle, alcohol free infant shampoo (see list below) to clean the scalp and hair. After I’m done, I use a soft brush or sometimes I use the towel to get the flakes out. It leaves my baby’s hair nice, soft and with a lot less flakes!

 

*Make sure you wash out the oil because it may clog pores and cause the flakes to stick.

 

*You may also be able to get a prescription shampoo from your child’s pediatrician or they may recommend an over the counter brand.

*Also it's okay to use other light oils daily such as Almond oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil, etc. Don't use Vaseline or Petroleum Jelly it's simply too heavy. The lighter oils have anti-fungal properties and will not increase the cradle cap.

 

 

Some alcohol free shampoos:

 

*Dr. Bonner's Organic Castile Liquid Soap Baby Mild

 

*Shea Moisture baby head-to-toe wash and shampoo

 

*California Baby Organic sea buckthorn baby shampoo and bath, no tears

 

*Earth Mama Angel Baby Organic Shampoo