Cradle cap is the worst! It just doesn’t look good at all when you see it on your newborn baby’s scalp for the first time. If you’re a new mom you may have no idea what it is and might even freak out a bit. Joia had cradle cap when she was about 2 or 3 months old. When I first saw it, I thought that cradle cap looked like dandruff because the skin on the baby’s scalp was very flaky. I have had my struggles with dandruff so I am very familiar with how it looks and pretty much thought that my daughter was taking after her mommy as far as dry skin goes. I still wasn’t very sure so of course I went to Dr. Google to see what it could be. The images of cradle cap that I saw on Google was a lot worse than hers. Luckily Joia had her monthly check up at the doctor in the next few days and I was able to talk to her doctor about it. The doctor said she did indeed have cradle cap, but a very mild case.
What is Cradle Cap?
Cradle cap is basically baby dandruff. It usually doesn’t bother the baby at all as far as pain or irritation…it’s just not too pretty to look at. There are mild cases and then there are some that are more severe. According to Kids Health, cradle cap can be white or yellow scales on the baby’s scalp. Sometimes it is just a small patch or a few small patches which is what my baby had. Other times it can be over the whole entire head or even on other parts of the body.
What Causes Cradle Cap?
Your baby can get cradle cap because of dry skin, oily skin, or many other things. A lot of babies get cradle cap. It’s not really something to be too alarmed about unless it is severe. Did you know that dandruff is heredity? Your baby may just get it from you mom (or dad)! I get the annoyance from my father.
You should definitely consult with your doctor so they can diagnose what the problem could be. Cradle cap can cause hair loss, but the hair grows back. Your baby may need medication though if it is a severe case of cradle cap. Joia’s doctor told us to keep an eye on it and if it got any worse that she could be prescribed some medication for it. My baby’s cradle cap never became that bad though…thank goodness!
How to Get Rid of Cradle Cap
A lot of people don’t like the sight of cradle cap on their baby’s scalp and who would? Cradle cap is quite common and can go away on it’s own, but here are some quick and easy things we did to make it go away quickly.
- Shampoo the baby’s hair with baby shampoo and let the baby shampoo sit on the scalp for a few minutes
- Take a baby comb and gently comb the flakes out
- Rinse out the baby shampoo
- Dry the baby’s hair
- Put baby oil or coconut oil on the baby’s hair
- Put a baby cap on the baby’s head overnight
- Continue to use baby oil or coconut oil consistently on the baby’s hair daily and brush
Cradle cap can come back again just like dandruff of course, but just repeat the steps above to get rid of it yet again.
This is what worked for us! I asked the doctor about the above steps before doing it and the doc said it was the perfect thing to do to get rid of cradle cap. I liked using coconut oil better than baby oil because it is good for the hair and a great natural oil to use, but you can use whichever you prefer. I received these recommendations from my bestie Nakia and from my YouTube subscribers. This worked for us and cradle cap did not return! Make sure you consult your doctor because a doctor I am not! I just know what worked for my baby. I hope it works for you too if you decide to give it a try!
Did your baby struggle with cradle cap? What did you do? Does your baby currently have cradle cap? Are you going to try the steps above? Talk to me! Leave a comment below. I’d love to hear from you!