Every parent wants to give their best to their little bundle of joy and cannot bear to see the apple of their eyes in slightest of pain or discomfort. So if parents observe a dry flaky dandruff like patch on the scalp or a yellowish scale like greasy patch on the scalp of their toddler they are sure to hit the panic button. Relax your baby may be suffering from cradle cap which in medical terms is known as infantile seborrhoeic dermatitis or seborrhoeic eczema. This is mainly due to hormonal imbalance and is not contagious and settles down with time. But if you want your baby to get rid of it at the earliest then there are some simple and safe home remedies that you can try out.
The moisturizing and the antibacterial properties of coconut oil are useful in giving relief from cradle cap. Apply a small quantity of coconut oil to the scalp and massage gently. Leave it for half an hour. Wash with lukewarm water and brush the scalp with a soft brush to remove the flakes. Follow the remedy once daily.
Baking soda soaks the excess oil and helps cure cradle cap. Mix baking soda with water to form a paste .Apply the paste to the affected part .Allow it to stay for just about 45 seconds and then immediately wash it off with tepid water. Follow the remedy once daily.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is very effective but toxic and hence needs to be used carefully without letting it come in contact with the eyes, ears and mouth. Also it should not be applied directly to the baby’s scalp. Always dilute one part of tea tree oil with 10 parts of almond oil or olive oil and apply it to the scalp and rinse with lukewarm water after 10 minutes. It is better to follow the remedy under medical guidance.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Shea butter does not leave any greasiness and is absorbed easily and is very effective in curing cradle cap. Apply the Shea butter to the baby’s scalp and remove the scales using a soft brush. Wash with lukewarm water.
Olive oil is very effective in getting rid of cradle cap. Simply apply the slightly warm oil and leave it for half an hour and remove the scales with a soft brush and then rinse it off with lukewarm water.
This is a very effective and safe remedy.Apply a little breast milk to the baby’s scalp and leaves it overnight. Now brush with a soft brush to remove the scales and wash with a mild shampoo.
Mineral oil is also very effective in treating cradle cap as it has moisturizing and healing components. Apply the mineral oil to the scalp. After few hours wash with a mild baby shampoo and gently massage to remove the sales.
Soft And Fine Toothed Comb
Aloe vera gel has soothing and moisturizing properties .It helps to make the scales soft .Apply aloe vera gel to the scalp and leave it for 30 minutes and then comb with a soft brush to remove the scales. Rinse the scalp with lukewarm water.
Almond oil is a very good skin nourishing and moisturizing agent which softens the scales of cradle cap and they can be removed with gentle brushing. Apply the almond oil to the scalp and after one hour brush to remove the scales. Wash with lukewarm water.
Calendula Herbal Plant
Chamomile has a soothing effect on the skin and lukewarm chamomile tea can be applied to the scalp and then brush to remove the scales.
These simple home remedies will definitely give your baby relief from the ugly looking cradle cap. However if the infection spreads or remains as it is for few more days then it is best to consult a pediatrician.