How to Heal Cradle Cap Naturally

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How to Heal Cradle Cap Naturally

What is Cradle Cap?

Cradle Cap is that flaky, yellow, dandruff looking stuff on some babies scalp. It is very common and is completely harmless. It usually clears up on its own by 12 months…

With Aidalyn, she had persistent cradle cap. She also didn’t have much hair, so it was pretty obvious. I had friends who got some medicated ointment from their doctors to put on their children’s scalp to help clear the flakes…. but I didn’t feel comfortable at all with putting a medicated ointment on my baby for basically dandruff.

What causes Cradle Cap?

We really don’t know what causes cradle cap… I read somewhere that it could be gluten related or hormones that were exposed towards the end of pregnancy.

How to Treat Cradle Cap

At first, I just ignored the cradle cap… then when it persisted past 6 months with no sight of clearing up. I decided to start treating it. With this basic treatment, Aidalyn’s cradle cap cleared overnight! I only had to retreat one more time and it was several months later.

1. Massage coconut oil into scalp
2. Let sit for at least 30 minutes
3. Use a baby comb to gentle break loose the flakes.
4. Reapply a little coconut oil, massaging into scalp and let sit a little while (over 15 minutes)
5. Rinse hair well.

After following these steps, her scalp was clear for months with no build up.

What makes coconut oil a good treatment?

Coconut oil is antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal. Along with being a natural detoxifier, it also can penetrate the skin’s natural oils, helping to release the cradle cap flakes naturally and moisturize the skin. We love coconut oil for our skin. I use it all winter long to keep my hands nice and soft. Plus, it is always around because we use it in our kitchen.


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Have you had a child that had cradle cap? What did you use to clear it up?

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