Are you worried about scaly patches on your baby’s scalp? Read what Naturopathic Doctor Pina LoGiudice recommends to parents whose infant has cradle cap and get rid of cradle cap naturally!
Why do babies get cradle cap?
We are not really sure. Cradle cap also known as seborrheic dermatitis affects the scalp of infants. Seborrhea is a very common inflammatory condition of the skin that creates flaky, white to yellow scales that is due to either a fungal infection or overproduction of the oil glands.
Is cradle cap harmless or can it also be a sign of a most significant medical problem?
In infants, it is usually a harmless condition that is not associated with any significant medical problem. However, if the condition worsens or if the baby is not thriving medical attention is necessary.
What should parents do at the first sign of cradle cap?
Cradle cap can develop from birth to the first three months of life. The first thing to do is not panic. Since it is usually a self resolving condition, you can leave it alone or if you are not sure what it is, do go to your local pediatrician for an assessment.
What kind of shampoo, lotion or cream is best to reduce cradle cap?
As often the problem resolves itself, aggressive treatment is not necessary. However, I usually recommend to parents that after the baby’s warm bath you can apply coconut oil or olive oil to the scalp to moisten and further soften the scales. Then with a very fine toothed comb with gentle strokes, you can brush against the scales to remove them or use a wet wash cloth and gently rub the baby’s scalp in circles.
Are you against the use of hydrocortisone cream to treat cradle cap?
I find that it is usually not necessary.
Are there any effective homeopathic remedies you recommend?
I usually do not use homeopathy for cradle cap, but not to say it would not be beneficial. If you can get the specific symptoms on the child, homeopathy does work wonders.
Would you have any other advice when dealing with cradle cap?
If you are finding that the olive oil/coconut oil is not working, you can also shampoo the scalp using a tea tree oil shampoo while giving an oral probiotic since the cradle cap may have a fungal component.
How to make your own healing cream to get rid of cradle cap? Check out this recipe! Feel free to share your experience with other mums who are dealing with baby skin rashes!