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Baby Care : How to Prevent or Improve Newborn Baby's Cradle Cap

Updated on May 4, 2018
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Cradle cap

Cradle cap might seem a bit unsightly on your brand new, newborn adorable baby. If and when you see the cradle cap, you will be eager to find a remedy to get rid of the cradle cap as soon as possible. You are probably going to be thinking, "Oh baby, that is not a good look." You will want to improve the appearance of the cradle cap as soon as you can. It can be quite disconcerting to see cradle cap at first. It might even make you, the new Mommy (or Daddy or other caregiver such as Grandma) worry a little bit but it is nothing to worry about and cradle cap can be remedied relatively easily.

When your baby is just born, you will find that all his newborn skin begins to peel and shed to make way for fresh skin. Just allow this transition to run its course. Keep the baby's skin clean and moisturized. For the scalp specifically, you might find that a condition known as cradle cap occurs.

The baby seems to have quite a bit of dead skin and flaking in the scalp and forehead resembling dandruff. The best way to speed the healing of this condition is to take steps when you wash your baby's hair.

Combing and brushing cradle cap away

After rinsing out a gentle baby shampoo/conditioner, apply a few drops of baby oil constituted mainly of mineral oil to the baby's hair and hairline while it is still soaking wet. You can use a couple of drops of olive oil if you would prefer it to baby oil.

You can then take a comb and brush to groom the baby's hair while it is still wet. It is important to be careful about using a comb that is gentle and will not be damaging to the baby's fine hair or harsh to his tender scalp.

The best combs and brushes for babies are often found in comprehensive baby first aid kits that also contain thermometers, medicine droppers, nail clippers, nasal aspirators and other items.

The hairbrush in a baby first aid kit is usually ultra soft.

The cradle cap condition will improve

When you take these steps noted above each time you wash your baby's hair, you will notice great improvements with each combing. The flakes will be combed right out of your baby's hair and within 1-2 weeks, you should see no flakes at all when you wash, apply oil and comb/brush your baby's hair.

The good effects are significant. The cradle cap is much more improved when you comb through the wet hair as opposed to dry hair.

If you do not see the cradle cap appear at all during the first few weeks of your newborn baby's life, you can still comb through his or her wet hair with some baby oil as a preventive measure. When you do this, even if the cradle cap appears later on, it might not be as bad as if you had not done it.

You can try using various types of hair combs and various types of soft bristle hair brushes to see what works best to help alleviate the cradle cap on the baby

© 2010 Nyesha Pagnou MPH

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      Elli K 

      7 years ago

      As washing baby's hair is always a challenge, it is important that this shampoo is really gentle on eyes. The fact that it does not sting when getting in the eyes makes getting their hair washed a little easier task. And a trick I discovered after my son started walking - washing hair in the shower is so much easier than doing it in the bathtub!

      With some products I do not like to experiment with, I try to go with products that minimize the chance of not working, and are recommended by true friends or doctors. I asked my doctor about baby shampoo and then all my friends. Shielo is the only brand I trust on my baby's skin, specifically their Shielo Hydrate Shampoo and Shielo Hydrate Vibrancy Conditioner.

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 

      7 years ago from USA

      Thank you so much Candie V and BkCreative. Candie V, I love tea tree oil! It is a great suggestion to add. Thanks.

      BkCreative, I agree with you! Thanks again for commenting and the rating up.

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      BkCreative 

      7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Such great advice. Every normal thing has been turned into a disease with a drug to go with it. I'm happy to see a return to common sense. It's amazing the amount of toxic products sold for babies. We have to do better.

      Thanks for this hub. I'm glad we have a forum to share information. Yay!

      Rated up!

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      Candie V 

      7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      Journey! This is an excellent hub on cradle cap. I've also used a couple drops of tea tree oil to the mixtures you've listed. That helps a lot as well!

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