Cradle cap is generally harmless and has nothing to do with your baby's hygiene. Either way, parents prefer to get rid of them for aesthetic reasons. Therefore, we would like to share some tips on how to treat and prevent your baby's cradle cap with a natural treatment.
What is cradle cap?
Cradle cap is the name given to the yellowish, greasy flaky patches that appear on the scalp of newborns. Sometimes you can find them on the forehead or eyebrows as well. They are usually caused by excessive sebum production, which traps dead cells on the surface of the skin until they form scabs. The cradle cap affects the scalp and stick to the hair. So the cause has absolutely nothing to do with your baby's hygiene. Cradle cap can also appear with infants and toddlers.
Is cradle cap always harmless?
In the vast majority of cases, cradle cap is completely harmless. In some rare cases, bacteria may settle under the scabs and cause the skin to become inflamed. It is therefore recommended to always treat the cradle cap of your child.
How to take care of cradle cap?
What you should not do, is pick off the scabs. Instead, use natural remedies to remove the cradle cap. The ideal time for this is during your baby’s bath.
1️⃣ Massage the cradle cap with the Oh, Baby! Bath Oil. Then let the Oh, Baby! Bath Oil soak in for 10-15 minutes. The bath oil contains organic sunflower oil and is therefore ideal for loosening cradle cap.
2️⃣ When the scabs have softened nicely, use a fine comb (possibly a lice comb) to carefully comb them loose. It is important not to be too persistent here. After all, you don't want to hurt your little one. Are you not able to comb out the scabs right away? Don't worry, massage some more baby oil on the cradle cap until they are nice and soft.
3️⃣ Finally, wash the scalp thoroughly with the Oh, Baby! Body Wash & Shampoo.
The pre- and probiotics in our Oh, Baby! Bath oil and shampoo have a preventive effect on the formation of cradle cap. Cradle cap are thus less likely to return, and if you’re lucky, never at all!
This is why we also recommend continuing to wash your baby's hair with the Oh, Baby! Body Wash & Shampoo, even if your baby no longer has cradle cap. And an added bonus? The Shampoo doesn't sting the eyes and smells great. Hooray!