Cradle Cap Or Does Your Six-Month-Old Need A Hair Transplant?
Today before dinner, my best friend mentioned that her poor nephew “has the funniest hairline” and scabs all over his scalp. “…been there for months” she said. A quick Google search to show examples of cradle cap and we confirmed it was responsible for this poor baby’s Friar Tuck hairdo.
I had no idea what cradle cap was when Wes first got it on his face and scalp, I actually thought it was leftover residue from the womb. Thankfully someone pointed it out and I was able to take action before it got bad.
What it is: Cradle cap is a greasy, scaly or flaky build up on baby’s scalp or face (usually eyebrows or forehead). It’s possibly caused by hormones transferred from mom to baby, producing excess oil in those areas.
What to watch for: Cradle cap doesn’t generally stink and if you notice the area smells like bread, it’s a potential sign of yeast and you should contact your pediatrician.
Treatment: I rubbed coconut oil on Wes’ face and scalp in a circular motion (olive oil works, too). After applying to his face, I used a warm and wet soft baby face towel to very gently wipe away flaky skin. Working on his scalp during bath time, I completely covered the effected area and massaged through. I used a cradle cap comb (I love this one here on Amazon) and gently combed the flaky skin, then washed his hair with baby shampoo and rinsed thoroughly.
Wes had a mild case on his scalp, which cleared up within 1-2 treatments. His face had more buildup, which took 1-2 treatments per day for about 3 days.
*Baby has sensitive skin so remember to rub and comb gently. Do not over rub/comb the affected areas. It’s a process and there’s no need to try to get it cleared in one treatment. You may need several, so be patient. The harder the scales have become, the more treatments you’ll likely need.*
Maintenance: Use a soft baby brush and brush baby’s hair at least daily, going against the grain and in all directions to spread the oil throughout the scalp. There’s no guarantee it’s gone for good but now you’re prepared to see signs if it does return!