Does your baby have scaly, dried patches on the scalp? Learn how to get rid of cradle cap from his head using at-home, easy treatments in as little as days.
Cradle cap—one of the many terms I learned once I became a mom. I wasn’t even aware he had it until his pediatrician noticed during a routine appointment. She caressed the top of his head and pointed out the hardened, oily scalp that had been developing.
In those newborn days, it seemed like I had an endless list of things to take care of. Blood tests, jaundice, gaining enough weight, massive spit up… having cradle cap didn’t help.
Thankfully, the cradle cap was also easy to remove.
After I did this technique with my eldest (and later, with his baby twin brothers), the cradle cap went away after two rounds and never came back. The best part? Everything we used was found at home.
How to get rid of cradle cap
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But first, what is cradle cap? They’re crusty, scaly patches of hardened oil found on a baby’s scalp. They’re not painful or even harmful, but they can take months to go away on their own. And you definitely shouldn’t scratch it off with your fingernails.
Instead, try this easy technique. You’ll need:
- Olive oil or baby oil
- Baby shampoo (I like Johnson’s because it doesn’t sting their eyes)
- Comb (I use Safety 1st with two different densities)
And here’s how to get rid of cradle cap:
1. Apply olive oil on your baby’s scalp 30 minutes before bath
About 30 minutes before you plan to bathe your baby, lay a towel on a surface like your bed or the floor. Then, pour a little olive oil into a small bowl and, using your fingers, massage it into your baby’s head. The towel will keep the oil from seeping onto the surface.
2. Entertain your baby for 30 minutes
Allow the olive oil to soften the hardened patches for 30 minutes. Play with your baby with a toy or talk and sing to him. Better yet, do tummy time so his head is raised and has less chances of rubbing off on the towel.
3. Give your baby a bath
Once the 30 minutes is up, bathe your baby as you normally do. Make sure to shampoo his hair thoroughly to remove the olive oil from his scalp.
4. Comb your baby’s hair
After the bath, towel dry your baby’s head. Then, gently comb his hair to remove the patches of flakes. The comb will pick up bits of the built-up flakes, which you can wipe off with a tissue paper. Keep combing his hair until you’ve removed most of the flakes.
This technique will get rid of the dry flakes easily and quickly. You might need to repeat the process the next day, but after a few tries, you should notice a significant decrease in cradle cap.
Those early months with a baby can be some of the most hectic. I was just glad that cradle cap was easy to remove, especially with this technique.
Get more tips:
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- What to Do when Your Baby Needs to Be Entertained Constantly
Tell me in the comments: What are your best tips on how to get rid of cradle cap?
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