How Coconut Oil Helps with Cradle Cap
Cradle cap is a crusty appearing type of rash that can be seen in patches on the heads of little babies. Most of the time, this crusty flaky stuff is only found on infants, but older children, up to a year old, can have it as well. If an older baby does have cradle cap, it normally appears in dandruff-like form.
For years, parents have searched and searched for a solution for cradle cap. As they did, they would use one remedy after another and usually didn’t get the results they wanted. However, nowadays, we all know that coconut oil is the perfect solution for cradle cap.
Coconut oil has both antiseptic and antibacterial properties, which prevent infections. The oil also has anti-inflammatory properties, which helps to decrease the slight pain that cradle cap causes and keeps the swelling down.
While you can use coconut oil in solid form on cradle cap, it is usually best to melt it down into oil form. This will allow you to massage the coconut oil into your baby’s head. It is recommended that you do this approximately ten to fifteen minutes before you wash your baby’s hair. This will allow the coconut oil to soak in and loosen the cradle cap.
When the cradle cap flakes are loosened, you can carefully remove them with a soft comb or brush. Once the flakes are removed, you should wash your baby’s hair as you normally would. It may take a few days before the cradle cap is all gone, but the oil will help keep your baby’s head moisturized and the cradle cap will not return.
Yes, this is an extra step that you must take before shampooing your baby, but the results will be no more cradle cap! This means your baby will be more comfortable and you will no longer have little flakes building up, and falling off, their head.
Try on your little one’s head today and see how much of a difference our baby coconut oil can really make!