How to Get Rid of Cradle Cap
If you’re a mom you’ve probably dealt with cradle cap. Cradle cap looks like dandruff, but can also be crusty scales and yellowish in color. While it may drive you crazy, it actually is harmless and doesn’t bother the baby. It just doesn’t look very attractive, but there are a few things you can do to help clear it up.
To help fix cradle cap you won’t need any specific products such as a cradle cap balm or oil. You can use products and ingredients that you already have on have. This will save you a lot of time and money!
Start by following these 2 simple steps that will help tackle and clear up the cradle cap instantly. Then follow our cradle cap tips to keep it away!
How to Tackle Cradle Cap in 2 Easy Steps
Step 1 HYDRATE: Use a thick cream or oil (Moody Sisters Dry Skin Cream works like a charm) to apply to your baby’s head. Let the cream or oil soak into their scalps for 10-15 minutes. We recommend our dry skin cream as an all purpose dry skin fix, but if you don’t have that we love using coconut oil.
Step 2 EXFOLIATE: Give your baby a bath and scrub with a bristle brush, tooth brush or fine tooth comb. Really scrub and gently scratch their scalp to remove the build up of oils and skin. Rinse and repeat until their skin is clear. Rub more oil on their scalp to keep hydrated and stop the flakes from returning. Their head will be greasy for a while, but keep it moisturized for a day or two.
Now that you’ve done all the leg work, here are the must have home remedies and tips for keeping cradle cap away and your baby’s scalp smooth and beautiful:
1. Once you scrub away the scales gently wash and scrub your baby’s scalp 2-3 times a week to prevent cradle cap and maintain soft supple skin.
2. If you don’t have a thick natural cream safe for a baby’s scalp, you can use olive oil to hydrate and soften the flakes.
3. Other top oils to try for stubborn cradle cap: Cocoa Butter or Chamomile Infused Oil.
4. Avoid picking at the scales. This can cause infection or soreness. You need to soften the scales first before trying to remove them.
5. If the traditional hydrate and scrub method is still not working after a week you can try using baking soda to make a paste. Apply to your baby’s scalp before bath time. Scrub and rinse thoroughly.
6. Make sure you are washing with a gentle baby shampoo and wash free of fragrance, dyes and sodium lauryl sulfate. These are all known skin irritants and will not help any sort of skin condition.