What is cradle cap? It’s very common actually. Lots of babies get cradle cap in their infancy but the good part is it’s not contagious nor serious. Although this condition is harmless it may be quite annoying. The condition is described as a yellow-oily “crust” on the “cap” of baby’s head and is formed because the sebaceous glands tend to oversecrete due to the baby’s glands not yet being fully developed. It doesn’t hurt them by any means, but it can be quite different to look at when your eyes are focused on the rest of your baby’s beautiful soft glowing skin. Cradle cap usually goes away on its own over time. however, in my experience my son at almost age three still had a little of it on his head. Eventually it would go away but there are things you can do to remove the “cap” from the head.
One wonderful recipe I want to share is an oil that can be rubbed on the scalp twice- three times a day, once before bed, and in the morning the “cap” should be able to be massaged off gently. You should not peel off the “scabs” of the cap though because it may irritate and bother baby’s skin. Wash the baby’s scalp with a mild baby soap when necessary.
Cradle Cap Oil
You will need:
- 1/4 cup chamomile flowers
- 1/4 cup mullein leaf
- 1/4 cup dried nettle leaf
- 1/8 cup of dried lavender flowers
- 3/4 cup of olive oil, almond oil, or apricot oil
- Combine the herbs in a double broiler, cover with your choice of oil. Cook over a very low heat for about one hour. Strain and bottle. Be careful not to have your heat to high, you don’t want to ‘fry” your herbs.
- Store in a refrigerator for up to 1 month. Warm to room temperature before applying to the baby’s scalp.