Hey Mom (or Dad)!
When you are a new parent, any change in your baby’s skin or hair can cause concern. You want to know exactly what’s going on in your baby’s world, and we don’t blame you! There is a lot of information to sort through on your baby’s health, and if you’re like most Morrocco Method moms and dads, you want only safe, 100% natural products for your baby.
Today we’d like to talk about a harmless infant scalp condition that can be treated naturally at home. It’s called Cradle Cap, and it is common in infants, especially in the first three months of life.
What is Cradle Cap?
Cradle Cap is seborrhea of the scalp in infants. It commonly manifests as flaky, crusting, or scaling skin on a baby’s scalp. It may be oily and accompanied by redness. The symptoms of Cradle Cap can be somewhat alarming. Rest assured, Cradle Cap does not usually cause discomfort for your baby, although it may itch in some cases. It is not contagious.
Why does my baby have Cradle Cap?
Cradle Cap is not related to any illness, and it does not mean you have not been taking proper care of your baby. It is generally believed to be a result of hyperactive sebaceous glands in your baby’s scalp. Infant sebaceous glands may be hyperactive as a natural result of the influx of hormones right before birth. It may also be that new skin cells are growing faster than the old ones can fall off.
How is Cradle Cap treated?
Most cases of Cradle Cap will have disappeared by your baby’s first birthday. However, in the meantime, most sources recommend a natural oil treatment and regular (though not necessarily daily) gentle shampooing to reduce symptoms.
- Alternate Morrocco Method’s Sea Essence Baby Shampoo and Heavenly Essence Baby Shampoo.
- Shampoo twice. For the first washing, simply massage the shampoo in and rinse out. For the second shampoo, spend a brief amount of time gently massaging your baby’s scalp before you rinse. Rinse thoroughly.
- After shampooing, towel dry, and apply a few drops of our Euro Oil to your baby’s scalp, massage, and leave in. This will help soften and rebuild the scalp.
Does my baby need to go to the doctor?
Treating Cradle Cap rarely requires medical intervention, but it can require patience. You can expect to see your baby’s symptoms lessen with time and proper care; however, if your baby’s symptoms persist or worsen, it’s always a good idea to get them checked by your pediatrician.
1. Dr. Allen Greene. http://www.drgreene.com/articles/cradle-cap/
2. Baby Center. http://www.babycenter.com/0_cradle-cap_80.bc
3. WebMD. http://www.webmd.com/children/tc/cradle-cap-topic-overview