Recently I’ve been asked a handful of times how we dealt with Mabel’s cradle cap, so I figured I’d write a post to help all of you newer moms if your little one is dealing with cradle cap.
If you’re not familiar with cradle cap, this is what it looks like (and no, this isn’t Mabel’s head):
Looks kinda gross. Needless to say when I discovered Mabel had cradle cap at just over a month old, I freaked out. No one tells you about cradle cap and that it’s very common for babies to get. After doing some research on good old Google, I was able to calm down, knowing that my baby didn’t have some horrible skin problem. I learned that most of the time it will go away on its own but that it could possibly take months. MONTHS?!!
I didn’t want to wait months. No mom wants their adorable newborn to have a flaky, scaly head. Mabel luckily had lots of hair so it disguised it well, but I was still determined to get rid of it.
In my quest to rid her of cradle cap we washed her hair daily. It’s recommended to wash a baby’s scalp who has cradle cap daily to help wash away the extra oil (this is what is causing the cradle cap). While washing, you can massage your baby’s scalp gently with your finger tips. Also, when you’re done washing their hair, you can gently massage the affected area with a gentle baby brush. Now, this is all fine and dandy if it works for you and your baby…but it wasn’t getting rid of Mabel’s cradle cap.
Off to Walmart we went and on the shelf we found a shampoo in the baby aisle that was listed specifically for cradle cap: Gentle Naturals.
This was Mabel’s miracle in a bottle! Now, I’m going to warn you right off the bat that this stuff smells horrible and will leave your baby’s hair greasy even after washing it out…but the fact is…IT WORKS.
We followed the directions exactly as stated on the bottle and while her hair was drying we used the little brush (to the right in the picture above) to massage her scalp and to break up the cradle cap flakes. It started working immediately and you could see the flakes coming loose. After her hair dried, her hair was pretty much plastered to her head like a helmet. Like I said, it will leave your baby’s hair greasy but don’t fret since it will work if you continue to use the shampoo for the next few days. Mabel’s head also smelled very medicinal and plasticky. But we stuck it out for another five days and low and behold, her cradle cap cleared up and never came back.
I highly suggest this shampoo since it worked well for little Mabel. I know there are always severe cases that this may not work for (Mabel’s cradle cap wasn’t too bad) but since the shampoo was affordable, it’s worth giving it a try.
Did your baby have cradle cap? What solution worked best for you to rid your baby of cradle cap?