Cradle cap was my introduction to motherhood. Having my first baby, I knew little about my new venture.
Stevie was the perfect baby, sleeping all night from the day I brought her home. Only crying when she needed fed or changed.
One day I noticed scales on her head. At first, I thought it was dandruff or dry skin.
At the time, I was stationed on Guam. I figured it was the tropical weather or some ailment only known to islanders.
I didnt know for sure, my instinct told me to use baby lotion. I began applying the baby lotion to her head.
After 3 days of this, and her head turning orangish pink, I realized this wasnt working.
The lotion was just adhering to the scales. It wouldnt wash out, so I turned to baby oil to remove the lotion.
To my surprise, it not only removed the lotion, but a few scales to! I was a bit excited, it was my first success as a new mom.
I applied the oil, leaving it on to soak in. Then, gently using a baby brush, I brushed in a circular motion, exfoiliating the cradle cap.
Within a week, her head was clear.
Stevie now has a baby of her own, my first grand daughter.
Since that time, I have learned of the many uses of coconut oil. Cradle cap being one of them. It has a unique ability to penetrate the scales, gently lifting them while nourishing the scalp.
What is cradle cap?
A very common type of dermatitis affecting many infants. Mainly the scalp, on occasion the eyebrows and ears can be affected.
Scientifically known as seborrheic dermatitis, it is harmless. It looks like greasy scales, often with an orange colored appearance.
In most cases, it goes away on its own as the baby grows. Many parents prefer to treat it due to the cosmetic aspect.
What causes the scaly scalp?
What causes the scaly scalp?
Some doctors feel it has to do with the sebaceous glands becoming overactive. This happens due to the mothers hormones circulating through the infants system.
The glands secrete an oily substance, causing the dead skin cells to stick, rather than falling off.
Others believe it may be a type of fungal infection brought on by the antibiotic therapy for the mother during the birthing process.
Most important, if it cracks or bleeds, seek the advice of your physician, before using a home remedy.
When seeking their advice, ask them about any home remedy your considering.
If your baby has this, rest assurred, they will be fine. And so will you.
Treating it naturally will remove the scales, leaving the scalp free from cradle cap.
Had I known about coconut oil when Stevie had cradle cap, I would have chosen the tropical oil.
Why coconut oil?
Having so many beneficial properties, it is the obvious choice. I suggest it to my daughter and son for their babies.
There are many home remedies including apple cider vinegar and tea tree oil.
My reasoning for choosing the tropical oil.
Apple cider vinegar- You have to be very careful not to get it in the babies eyes, and it kinda smells. You dont want your baby smelling like a pickle.
Tea tree oil- It can be harsh, so a carrier oil is suggested. One carrier oil is coconut oil. This oil will do the job on its own, so why risk using tea tree oil?
This tropical oil is natural, without chemicals and artificial ingredients that may irritate babies skin. Being safe and effective for many things, not only cradle cap but diaper rash too.
How do I treat cradle cap?
Taking a small amount into your palm. Rub the oil in your palm until is is liquid. Gently massage into the scalp or affected areas and leave in. You dont want it dripping but a sufficient amount to penetrate the scalp.
Do this daily or twice a day. Using a very soft baby brush, gently massage the scalp. In time, the flakes will loosen and fall off. Never pick at them and force them off. As they loosen, they will fall off or brush off easily.
Some babies may get this dermatitis in the creases of their skin. Under the knees, elbows and under the arms. Coconut oil can be effective for this too. Just massage the oil in the affected areas.
Once the cradle cap is gone, you now have the best tropical oil at your fingertips. The uses of coconut oil are far beyond any other natural oil.
Being a grandma of 2 grandbabies, I seek the natural, gentle treaments for them. Coconut oil is always the first choice.
Having a slight coconut aroma, babies smell great. Unlike artifical ingredients that can be strong and chemical laden.
If treating eyebrows, it is safest. We dont want chemicals near the eyes. Rubbing behind the ears is very soothing.
As it penetrates the scales, it moisturizes the skin and is great for the hair.
The best part is bonding with your baby while you massage their little head. Softening your hands while caring for your baby.
Babies have sensitive skin, it makes sense to turn to nature for gentle remedies whenever possible.
Unless it is absolutley necessary, I avoid anything with chemicals and artificial ingredients.
Turning to nature, natural remedies for cradle cap are at your fingertips. Using an oil assists in loosening the scales for easy removal.
Virgin unrefined coconut oil is my choice due to many factors.
It is a chemical free, the heat free procees retains all the nutrients and fatty acids that assist our bodies.