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Learn how to get rid of cradle cap naturally with this DIY natural cradle cap remedy! Odds are you have it in your kitchen already!
I’ve had 5 babies and like all babies, they have all dealt with cradle cap at one point or another. In fact, some of them have continued to have “dry flakey scalps“.
Thankfully, there is a very easy treatment to handle cradle cap… not that it’s something that you must take care of as it isn’t harmful (just not pretty).
What Is Cradle Cap?
Cradle cap is common skin condition that affects many if not most babies. I honestly don’t know if I’ve heard of a baby who has not had cradle cap!
It’s tell tell signs are flaky, crusty, and scaly yellow patches on your baby’s head. Like I mentioned before, it’s not harmful but it can be bother parents esthetically.
There are plenty of remedies out there for cradle cap. Some not very natural… others seem natural like petroleum jelly but actually have some hidden concerns.
Thankfully, there is a very simple and natural way to treat your baby’s cradle cap. Coconut oil… or jojoba oil if you prefer to avoid coconut oil.
Coconut Oil For Cradle Cap
Coconut oil is a natural moisturizer, which can help soothe and hydrate your baby’s scalp.
Coconut oil also has anti-fungal and antibacterial properties, which can help fight any underlying fungal or bacterial infections that may be contributing to the cradle cap.
You can read this post on why I think coconut oil is the greatest oil in the world for all the coconut oil details.
Jojoba Oil For Cradle Cap
Jojoba oil is a very popular skincare oil and for good reason. Jojoba oil is hypoallergenic and naturally moisturizes the skin. Like coconut oil it is also antibacterial.
DIY Natural Cradle Cap Remedy
small amount of coconut oil or jojoba oil
1. Gently massage a quarter size amount of oil onto your baby’s scalp.
2. Let sit a few minutes so that it can work its magic.
3. Use a soft-bristled brush to gently loosen and remove the flakes. Be very gentle and careful not to irritate your baby’s scalp.
4. Once you’ve removed as much of the flakes as possible, wash your baby’s hair with a gentle baby shampoo or unscented castile soap to remove any remaining oil.
This process may need to be repeated until cradle cap fully goes away.
Note: Cradle cap is almost alway not harmful but if it becomes significantly inflamed, itchy, oozes contact your doctor.
If you want to up the healing power of your oil, you can try infusing it with chamomile (you can do this with tea bags!).