How To Get Rid Of Cradle Cap

Cradle cap is the most common skin disease in toddlers and newborns. It’s appearance is usually patchy, yellowish, with a crusty appearance on the scalp. It is a harmless disease and doesn’t usually cause discomfort or itching. Cradle cap usually appears during the first three months of new born baby but gradually goes away with time.

ways to get rid of cradle cap


Causes of Cradle Cap

There can be different causes of cradle cap in babies. These includes:

  • Hormones passed from mother to baby
  • Antifungal treatments
  • Antibiotics given to mother during pregnancy
  • Extreme weather
  • Certain baby lotions, which includes alcohol

  • Infrequent cleaning of skin
  • Different food allergies
  • Oily skin
  • Skin allergies
  • Yeast growth in digestive system

Symptoms of Cradle Cap

Cradle cap symptoms may differ. But generally all the symptoms are the same and they include

  • Yellowish and greasy patches
  • Reddish skin
  • Thick and crusty skin flakes
  • Red and irritating skin
  • Dandruff like skin flakes
  • Infants may undergo hair loss
  • Dandruff-like formation on scalp
  • Mild patches on the scalp and face
  • Itchiness
  • Oval and round rashes start developing
  • Red rashes or sores on neck, face, groins, and armpits

Best Cradle Cap Treatment At Home

Cradle cap can easily be treated with natural ingredients at home so no need to go to doctor. Just try these simple home remedies and see if it gets better. If the condition persists, only then visit doctor and get it checked.

1. Baking Soda

baking soda for cradle capThis ingredient does wonders with almost all the skin diseases and illnesses. It can take up to two days to remove it completely with the help of baking soda.

You need to…

Take one teaspoon of baking soda and one teaspoon of water and make a loose paste. Now apply on the affected area and let it sit for at least 5-10 minutes. Now take a soft comb and comb gradually and slowly on the affected area. Do this remedy daily. You will notice visible changes within days.


2. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil for cradle capCoconut oil is yet another effective remedy for cradle cap. It is mild with no side effects so can easily be used onto baby’s delicate skin.

You need to…

Take a handful amount of coconut oil and apply to the scalp or onto the cradle cap patch and leave it overnight. The next morning take a nit comb and comb in the opposite direction so that the flakes can be removed easily. Do this remedy daily until the scalp is flake-free and smoother.


3. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil for cradle capTea tree oil is considered to be one of the most efficient and effective cradle cap remedies. This remedy is not only cost effective but it also saves your time by doing the work very quickly.

You need to…

Take some tea tree oil and massage onto baby’s head (same for adults). Allow it to sit for a couple of minutes. Now take a baby brush with soft strands and gently start brushing the scalp but in opposite direction. And then give him a bath. Do this daily before bath, you will see the magic yourself 😉


4. Anti-dandruff Shampoo

Anti dandruff shampoo for cradle capAnti-dandruff shampoo is also a good remedy for people having cradle cap. For babies you need to use it in a different way than adults.

You need to…

Take a little amount of head and shoulders anti-dandruff shampoo (you can use any according to your preference, i personally use this hence recommend this). Then mix it with baby shampoo and apply on babies head. Comb onto the scalp in the opposite direction. Flakes will loosen up and will eventfully fall leaving a smooth and soft scalp. Do this daily until the cradle cap is better.

5. Vaseline 

Vaseline for cradle capVaseline is another magic remedy for cradle cap. Most of the people are not aware of the medicinal properties vaseline has to offer and one of them is treatment of cradle cap.

You need to…

Apply a decent amount of vaseline onto the scalp and leave it overnight. Vaseline will loosen up the flakes overnight and the next morning they will fall off themselves by little massaging. No need for brushing or combing. If you find some flakes still on the scalp, only then take a soft brush and brush in the opposite direction. You will be amazed to see the smooth scalp after only one application.

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