I’m branching out from some of the more serious posts like this one and this one and focusing a bit more on simple living. I’ve already talked about how living simply can mean different things to different people. One thing is for sure, we all love good tips that help to simplify an area of our lives.
Over the next several weeks I’m going to offer a simple solution to some of life’s little perplexities. First up…
What is it?
Cradle cap, the common term for infantile seborrheic dermatitis, causes scaly patches on a baby’s scalp. It can cause thick crusting and white or yellow scales, but is not serious. It usually will resolve itself within a few months with normal washing. It can be seen in toddlers and children.
Both of my children experienced cradle cap, but my son continues (at age 4!) to have scaley, yellow patches. As you can imagine he hates me picking and prodding at his head to get rid of them, but we’ve found an easy solution.
We tried using baby oil and conditioners, but none did the trick quite like coconut oil.
To treat cradle cap, simply rub a nickle size amount of coconut oil onto the effected areas of the scalp. Massage the oil into the rough spots to soften the scaley patches. Add more oil as needed. You can let it sit for a few minutes while your child splashes around in the tub. Massaging once again, use your finger nails or a comb to remove the scaley patches. I may have a gross problem since I enjoyed the challenge of this part and became a little obsessed with getting it all off. I’ll look into a support group.
For an added treatment, you could add a drop of tea tree oil to the coconut oil as you rub it on the scalp, but this is not recommended for babies younger than 6 months of age.
That’s my simple solution! Have you ever successfully treated cradle cap with coconut oil? Do you have a simple solution to share?