If you notice that your baby has oily, scaly, or crusty places on their scalp, don’t be alarmed! He or she probably has a condition that’s known as “Cradle Cap.” Cradle Cap, or Infantile Seborrhoeic Dermatitis, as it’s known in the medical world, isn’t contagious, nor will it harm your infant. If your baby has Cradle Cap, that doesn’t mean that he or she is not being kept clean and bathed. It’s simply a build-up of oils from the skin and dead skin cells. This condition is much like dandruff in an adult human. Except, with Cradle Cap, a baby’s skin produces too much oil. Just like dandruff, though, it’s easily treatable. Here are some home remedies for Cradle Cap that you can use to resolve the problem.
To remove the oily, scaly patches of dead skin from your baby’s scalp, you can use baby oil. About an hour before you’re ready to bathe your infant, rub some warm baby oil into his or her scalp. The oil will help soften and loosen the skin. Then, use a very soft brush to loosen the patches. Wash your baby’s scalp with baby shampoo, and rinse thoroughly.
You can also use lavender oil to treat Cradle Cap. Lavender Oil is available at your local health food store. Place a few drops of this natural oil into the palm of your hand. Then, gently rub it over your baby’s scalp. Allow the Lavender Oil to soak in overnight. (This is a bonus because Lavender is also known to be a soothing, calming herb.) Then, in the morning, wash your infant’s scalp gently with baby shampoo. If any oil flakes remain, repeat the process.
Witch Hazel is another home remedy for treating Cradle Cap. Witch Hazel is extracted from a shrub. It’s readily available at your local drugstore. Pour a quarter cup of Witch Hazel into a sealable container. Dilute that with a cup of warm tap water. Then, dip a clean, soft cloth into the solution. Apply the solution to your baby’s scalp several times a day.
You can also mix together some virgin olive oil and some Tea Tree Oil to make a home remedy for Cradle Cap. Tea Tree Oil is a natural antiseptic that will help prevent infections. Place a dab of the oily solution onto the affected areas on your baby’s scalp. Massage the oil in well. Then, use a baby brush to loosen the scaly areas of skin. Shampoo his or her head with baby shampoo, then rinse and dry well.
Studies have also found, that, if you’re breast feeding your baby, adding foods that are high in biotin to your diet can be helpful in alleviating Cradle Cap. Biotin is a B-complex vitamin that’s naturally found in milk, eggs, green vegetables, cereal, liver, and nuts.
Generally, if your baby shows the signs of Cradle Cap, the condition can be treated at home without a physician’s help. But, in case the problem worsens, or spreads to his or her nose, eyelids, buttocks, et cetera, consult your physician at once.