Last updated on Jun 25th, 2015 at 12:10 pm
Cradle cap (medically known as infantile seborrheic dermatitis) causes rough, scaly patches to develop on baby’s scalp. While it usually resolves on its own, the condition can persist and require treatment. Here are three home remedies to help you get rid of cradle cap:
1. Remove the scales with your fingers
Your baby’s scalp won’t be harmed if you use your hands to take off the “cap.” It’s the simplest, and one of the most effective ways to get rid of the scales and dry patches that occur when a baby has cradle cap.
- Rub your fingers over the scaly patches, then gently peel and scrape away the scaly dead skin and discard it.
- If you don’t want to use your fingers to pick off the scales, put on a pair of thin latex gloves (as long as your baby isn’t allergic to latex). You could also cover your hands with plastic wrap to prevent directly touching the scales. Keep in mind that cradle cap is not contagious, and picking off the scales will make your baby more comfortable.
- Don’t use tweezers or another sharp tool to remove the scales, since you may accidentally cause injury
2. Wash your baby’s hair every day
Use warm water and gently massage his or her scalp with your fingers. The water will help loosen the cradle cap scales, when you can then peel or scrape away.
- Using a mild baby shampoo can help loosen the scales, so consider adding one to your washing routine. However, you may find that shampoo dries the baby’s scalp out even further.
- Use a soft-bristled brush to help loosen the scales while the baby’s head is still wet.
3. Use oil or Vaseline
- Olive oil and vegetable oil also work well for removing the scales.
- Use shampoo and warm water to wash away the oil when you’re finished. Leaving traces of oil can actually make the problem worse by causing more scales to form.
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