Most babies experience cradle cap at some point, and my sweet Cordelia is no exception.
Today I decided to treat her cradle cap, even though I know it doesn’t bother her. It bothers me a little bit, and I don’t like how random strangers feel free to comment on my baby’s dermatological issues.
Here’s how to naturally treat cradle cap quickly and easily!
You will need:
-a soft washcloth
-a fine-tooth comb or baby nail brush
Make sure your baby is happy and relaxed before starting this process. Try doing it right after a feeding with your baby in a comfortable position.
Place a washcloth moistened with warm water on the affected area of the baby’s head or forehead. Gently rub the washcloth over the area to soften the skin. (Alternatively, you could do this treatment after a bath.)
Apply a small amount of coconut oil on the baby’s scalp or forehead using your fingers. The heat from your hand will melt the oil. Massage the oil gently into your baby’s skin.
Using a fine-tooth comb or a baby nail brush, very gently scrape the “scales” off, combing in the opposite direction of the way they are laying. Wipe away the removed scales using the warm washcloth.
Continue this process until the majority of the scales are removed. The skin may be slightly red for a little bit after the treatment.
Here you can see a before and after of Cordelia’s cradle cap:
|after (still not completely better, but much improved!)|
I didn’t get all of the cradle cap off with the first treatment, but I will keep working at it. I still think it looks much better than it did before!
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