If you've been around babies you've probably seen cradle cap because approximately 70% of babies get it. Many parents ask how to get rid of cradle cap. Signs of it include skin flakes on baby's head that look like bad dandruff, sometimes oily or slightly red skin.
The good news is that cradle cap is not contagious and usually clears up on its own by the time the baby is a year old. However, as a parent I understand how it's nice to help clear up your baby's scalp. Here's some information about how to get rid of cradle cap with natural products – even organic if you have organic ingredients.
How to Get Rid of Cradle Cap Naturally
Soften the skin with a carrier oil like coconut oil, olive oil, sunflower oil, etc. If you have some calendula infused oil left from making breastfeeding cream you can use that oil too! The calendula will add some extra healing properties.
Then brush with a soft bristle brush – back and forth – or carefully comb without scraping too hard. Rinse out with warm water and wash with a natural baby shampoo.
If you'd like to add essential oils try 1 drop per 4 teaspoons of carrier oil for small babies. If they are toddlers you can use 1 drop essential oil per 2 teaspoons carrier oil. Lavender essential oil and Roman chamomile essential oils are the best ones for babies. If they are closer to 6 months you could try tea tree essential oil, lemon essential oil, or geranium oil.
This natural remedy for cradle cap can also be used for babies that have extremely dry skin on their head. You can even put a bit of oil on a cotton ball to use on the eyebrow area.
Don't stress about how to get rid of cradle cap because there is nothing wrong with your baby's skin and they will grow out of it.
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As with as medicine and natural therapies, this is only a guide and be sure to discontinue use if any adverse reactions occur and consult your physician immediately.
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