Infantile seborrheic dermatitis, or as we like to call it cradle cap, is something that happens to most babies. There aren’t any clear reasons for the occurrence of the condition, but it isn’t caused by allergies or bad hygiene. So how do you treat cradle cap? Here are some tips and tricks that might help clear up the skin condition in babies:
Treat cradle cap with these ideas:
First, put your fingers down and resist the urge to scratch
The first way to treat cradle cap is to avoid the urge to scratch or pick. You don’t want to remove the dead skin to remove it because there are better options to promote healing that’ll deal with the loose skin.
Wash your baby’s head every day
It’s important to shampoo your baby’s hair with a mild shampoo on a daily basis to loosen scales. You can also use a soft-bristled brush to help things along. Your doctor might prescribe an anti-dandruff shampoo if the baby shampoo isn’t doing the trick.
Turn to coconut oil
Coconut oil is a great remedy that can help you treat cradle cap if the scales are a little more stubborn. If you don’t have organic coconut oil on hand, you can also use some petroleum jelly on your baby’s scalp. Let the oil soak in for a few minutes before brushing and shampooing baby’s hair. Since coconut oil is an antifungal, it can help prevent cradle cap turning into a fungal problem!
Try hydrocortisone cream
If the skin on your baby’s head is very red and irritated, you can try using some hydrocortisone cream to soothe the skin. Obviously you HAVE to consult your doctor before using this treatment since certain products like these can be toxic.
Make a simple baking soda paste
This is a cheap yet effective home remedy that can help loosen flakes on your baby’s head. Mix up one part of baking soda with an equal amount of water to form a thick paste. Apply the paste to the problem areas and allow it to sit for a few minutes. When the paste has worked its magic, comb or brush baby’s hair to remove any dead skin cells.
Use that humidifier
Using a humidifier in baby’s room is great, even if you’re not trying to treat cradle cap. Since humid air helps keep the skin from drying out, it will stop the skin from releasing sebum because it won’t be dried out. Less sebum means less cradle cap!