Cradle cap (infantile seborrhoeic dermatitis) is a very common skin condition in newborns, but can last up to three years. It appears especially on the head, in the form of yellowish or brown scaling. It’s just a dead-cell accumulation, fixed on the skin by an excess of sebum.
The exact cause of this condition is unknown, but according to studies, it could be caused by hormones, antibiotics used during pregnancy or because of too much activity of sebaceous gland.
Seborrheic dermatitis can occur on eyebrows, eyelids, ears, nose and throat. In most cases, cradle cap is temporary and harmless. It disappears in a few weeks or months, but many parents want to remove this unsightly condition as quickly as possible.
Here are the best natural remedies that can help you remove cradle cap:
It is a remedy recommended by pediatricians. The moisturizing and curative properties of olive oil are good enough to soften and cleanse the baby’s head from these unwanted “scales”. In addition, it is beneficial to the skin.
For a better effect, massage the baby’s scalp with olive oil before bedtime. Remove the scales the next day using a soft brush. Wash the baby’s hair with baby shampoo and warm water. Repeat the procedure every day, depending on the severity of the situation.
Coconut oil is perfect for removing cradle cap. It also nourishes the skin and has antifungal and antibacterial properties, which is very good in fighting infections.
Take a little coconut oil in your hand and keep it until it becomes liquid. Carefully massage your baby’s scalp and let it work for 20 minutes. Rinse it with warm water. As in the previous case, remove the scales with a soft brush.
Baking soda absorbs fats that are abundant in sebum and regulates the skin’s PH level.
Mix baking soda with water, 1:1 ratio, until you make a paste. Apply it on the scalp and leave it on for one minute at the most. Rinse thoroughly the affected area with warm water.
Never remove the scaling with combs, with your nails or other sharp objects. Remove only those that fall easily. No matter what natural remedy you try, watch carefully how the baby reacts and stop treatment if side effects occur.
Go to the doctor if the condition gets worse because it could be an infection or an allergic reaction.