Cradle Cap

Cradle cap is patches of thick, oily, skilly and flaky skin that you can find on the head, ears and eyebrows of the newborns. It could stay for months and usually disappears on its own. Although cradle cap is not harmful or contagious or painful to the newborn, many mothers are annoyed by its appearance. So they try to remove the flakes to make the baby look cleaner. In this, video I would like to describe what you can do to treat the cradle cap, and what to avoid when you try to remove it.

First of all, there are many assumptions as to what is causing the cradle cap. The first one is that it could be secretions of sebaceous glands to protect the baby’s head in the womb and right after birth. Some assume it could be a fungal infection.

Either way it can be removed using the same method, which is continuously massaging the affected area with natural oils. These affected areas are usually the head, eyebrows or ears. Please remember that the bones at the topside and the back of the head of the baby are not fully closed. These areas are called the fontanels. At these spots your baby’s brain is right under the scalp, so try to avoid heavy pressure and to much rubbing in this area. And do not use any chemicals on the scalp, because they are dangerous to your baby’s brain.

What you should really avoid using on your baby’s skin is any of the following:

  • Baby Oils: They are mineral oils, which are byproducts of the distillation of gasoline.
  • Anti-Dandruff Shampoo
  • Salt
    I’ve also seen that some mothers in online forums are suggesting to use salt, which is actually very dangerous and perhaps can cause bleeding around the baby’s brain.

Natural vegetable oils are the best option to use. And I would suggest that you use either olive oil or coconut oil.

Please keep in mind that the cradle cap will not go away immediately and you will have to be patient and might need to repeat the use of the oils for several times before it totally goes away.

Biological coconut oil has anti-fungal properties, so it might be a bit more expensive in comparison to olive oil, but with the anti-fungal properties it will eliminate the possible fungal infections. During cold days coconut oil will solidify, but you can melt it by putting the amount you wish to use in a small plastic or glass container in warm water for several minutes.

To use, dip a cotton pad into the oil of your choice and gently pat on the affected areas with it. Leave it to work for eight hours or over night. Wash it out with a gentle shampoo in the morning. You can use a clean disinfected comb to gently scrape your baby’s scalp. Never scratch the cradle cap with your nails, as it might lead to dangerous bacterial infections. So, be gentle and patient, do not brush to hard into your baby’s scalp, in order to avoid any infections or injuries

Cradle cap should go away after a while. Be patient and stick to using the natural oils only. No salt, no baby oils and no anti-dandruff shampoos.

I wish you all a healthy life!

Alyaa Gad