Natural Cradle Cap Remedy: Breast milk and Coconut Oil

What is Cradle Cap?

Cradle Cap also known as Seborrheic Dermatitis is a skin rash that commonly occurs on infants scalp. It is thought to be caused by increased production of oil glands. It causes yellow crusty patches on the scalp or skin. 

How to Treat it 

Both of my daughters developed cradle cap at around 6 weeks. With my oldest it took me FOREVER to get rid of it. I tried soaps, olive oil, brushes, combs, you name it I tried it! Finally I found coconut oil! It took me about 5 days for my oldest and it cleared up. This time around I tried something different. 

Before applying anything

For my second I found two things that practically cleared her cradle cap in literally a day! 

These two things were breast milk and coconut oil. Y’all, I was so shocked that I had to share the steps with you! 

Steps to remove Cradle Cap

  1. Apply breast milk to baby’s hair. Fully saturate. I just sprayed the milk onto my daughter’s hair, but you can always pump a little if that’s easier. 
  2. Message the breast milk in with your fingers. Allow it to sit for about 10 minutes. 
  3. Once slightly dry add coconut oil to the affected area. 
  4. Allow the coconut oil to sit for about 5 minutes. 
  5. Then go in with a brush or silicone brush to loosen flakes. I used this one
  6. Shampoo with a mild soap like this.
  7. Repeat if necessary. 

I hope this helps. I also apply coconut oil after baths to prevent cradle cap from returning. 

Let me know in the comments below if this helped you! 

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