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A step-by-step guide to treating cradle cap

If you’re a new parent you may have noticed yellow-tinged scales or crusts forming on your little one's scalp.

While unsightly and annoying, you can rest assured knowing it’s quite unharmful, and is in fact a type of dermatitis.

 

With up to 70% of babies developing cradle cap, it is most commonly seen between 2 weeks and 6 months of age, however it can also affect toddlers. 

The exact cause of cradle cap is unknown, but there are a few likely causes. These include a yeast infection, a weakened immune system, nutritional imbalances and elevated maternal hormones.

 

We often receive emails and messages from customers enquiring as to what they can do to help treat their child’s cradle cap, so we thought we’d share with you our set-by-step guide to treating your little one.

 

1/ Resist the urge to pick at the crusts. Picking them can irritate the skin and even result in infection.

 

2/ Soften the affected area by generously applying an oil (we like to use our 100% organic Baby Oil), then leave to soak into the skin for 30-45 minutes.

 

3/ Once the oil has softened the area you can then use a damp face washer or soft bristled baby brush to make gentle circular motions, helping to loosen the crusts.

 

4/ You can then wash the scalp as you normally would with a gentle, natural wash like our Bath Wash. Try to avoid harsh shampoos as these can often irritate the skin and make the condition worse.

 

Other helpful tips you can try when treating cradle cap include:

- using an apple cider vinegar solution (diluted in water) to rinse the scalp after shampooing.

- looking at the diet of both mother (if breastfeeding) and child. Sometimes cradle cap can be caused by a nutritional imbalance. To help prevent this it is recommended you ensure you’re eating adequate amounts of biotin, B6, selenium, zinc and manganese. Including omega 3s can also help and these can be found in things like fatty fish, oysters, flax seeds and flax seed oil.

- adding a probiotic supplement into your diet (if breastfeeding) and into your little one’s food (if they are having solids) or bottle is also a great idea. This helps replace good bacteria in the gut.

- more often than not you may find you need to repeat your treatment plan on a regular basis (every few days or so) as cradle cap can be an ongoing issue in some babies/children.