Getting Rid of Cradle Cap, Naturally.
- by Lauran Morphett
Getting Rid of Cradle Cap, Naturally.
Cradle cap is a common skin condition that affects many babies in their first few months of life. It presents as flaky, oily, yellowish patches on the scalp, and while it doesn't usually cause any discomfort, many parents choose to treat it as it doesn't look or feel particularly nice. If your baby's scalp seems itchy or inflamed, this might be a sign of another condition like eczema, and you should seek treatment advice from a medical professional.
The good news is that there are natural ways to get rid of cradle cap at home, and help your little one's scalp return to that clear, smooth, baby softness!
Here are some ways to try to help conquer cradle cap on your little one's scalp:
One natural remedy that has gained popularity for treating cradle cap is coconut oil. Coconut oil is known for its moisturising properties, as it contains a high amount of medium-chain fatty acids, such as lauric acid. These fatty acids are easily absorbed into the skin, which helps to hydrate and soothe dry, itchy skin.
To use coconut oil for cradle cap, simply apply a small amount of cold-pressed virgin coconut oil directly to your baby's scalp after their bath. Gently massage the oil into the affected areas and leave it on overnight. The oil will help to soften and loosen the scales, making them easier to remove. In the morning, you can use a soft brush or a cloth to gently remove the scales and then rinse the scalp with warm water and a little bit of gentle baby shampoo. Be sure to avoid using hot water, which can dry out the skin.
Colloidal oatmeal is a natural ingredient that is derived from finely ground oatmeal, which has been boiled and then strained to remove any impurities. Oats have long been known to have a soothing effect on the skin, as they contain natural compounds that can help to reduce inflammation, itchiness, and dryness.
When it comes to cradle cap, colloidal oatmeal can be especially helpful due to its moisturising and nourishing properties. It can also help to soothe dry and itchy scalps.
Itchy Baby Co's natural oatmeal bath soak, natural eczema moisturiser, and dry scalp oil all contain colloidal oatmeal as a key ingredient to help nourish your baby's scalp. The oatmeal works by forming a protective barrier on the skin, which helps to lock in moisture and prevent further dryness. This can be especially beneficial for babies with cradle cap, as it can help to soften the scales and make them easier to remove.
To use colloidal oatmeal for cradle cap, you can try using Itchy Baby Co's oatmeal bath soak or natural eczema moisturiser as directed. For the dry scalp oil, simply pump a small amount into your hand and massage it directly into your baby's damp scalp until the oil starts to be absorbed. Be sure to use these products consistently for the best results.
Olive oil is a natural oil that is high in antioxidants and healthy fatty acids, which can help to nourish and moisturize the skin. When applied topically, olive oil can help to soothe and soften dry, flaky skin, making it a popular choice for treating cradle cap.
To use olive oil for cradle cap, you can start by warming a small amount of olive oil in your hands. Next, gently massage the oil into your baby's scalp, focusing on the areas where there is dryness or flaking. Be sure to use a gentle touch, as the scalp may be sensitive or tender.
Once the oil has been applied, you can leave it on for about an hour to allow it to penetrate the skin and soften the scales. After an hour has passed, use a soft-bristled brush or comb to gently remove the scales from your baby's scalp. This can help to reduce any buildup and make it easier to rinse the oil out of the hair.
Finally, rinse your baby's scalp thoroughly with warm water, and shampoo as usual to remove any remaining oil. This can help to prevent any greasiness or buildup on the scalp.
Itchy Baby Co Natural Scalp Oil
We’ve combined a few of our favourite natural ingredients to create this soothing oil. It’s packed with the goodness of oat extract, which forms a silky barrier on the skin to trap hydration and prevent moisture loss. The organic coconut oil reduces flaking, and the calendula oils are great for soothing and nourishing. Just pump a small amount into your hand and massage directly into your child’s damp scalp until the oil starts to be absorbed.
To remove loose, flaky skin from your baby's hair, consider using a cradle cap brush and comb after moisturising and applying the natural scalp oil. It's important to be gentle and never pick at the flakes, as this can cause the skin to become inflamed or infected. You can leave the oil on overnight and shampoo off the next day if your little one's hair looks oily.
This blog post was brought to you and your family with love from the Itchy Baby Co. team x.
Disclaimer: Information provided is of a general nature only, and you should always consult your medical professional.