5 Practical Ways To Control Baby’s Cradle Cap

5 Practical Ways To Control Baby’s Cradle Cap

1 Nov 2022 | 2 min Read

Reema Shah

Author | 740 Articles

A cradle cap is a temporary condition in which the baby’s scalp becomes crusty or oily with scaly patches. There may be thick white or yellow scales on the baby’s head which can get difficult to remove. While this condition usually clears up on its own, within weeks or a few months there are some remedies that can help to control baby’s cradle cap. Read on for a few tips.

5 Tips To Control Baby’s Cradle Cap

1. Baby-Safe Shampoo

Use a baby-safe mild shampoo to wash your baby’s hair at least once in two days. The BabyChakra’s natural strengthening shampoo has organics and natural ingredients like hibiscus, organic curry leaf and sandalwood which have gentle cleansing properties and gently loosen and removes the scales that happen due to the cradle cap. 

2. Use a Fine-toothed Comb

Using a fine-toothed comb is perfect as it has the teeth so tight together that nothing can escape it. Hence, it is perfect for your baby’s cradle cap.  Apply a few drops of baby hair oil on the teeth to reduce the roughness on the scalp and then comb very gently.

3. Use Hydrocortisone Cream

To treat your baby’s cradle cap, you can also use doctor-recommended low-potent hydrocortisone cream. There are shampoos available too with 2 per cent antifungal ketoconazole medication which can help treat the cradle cap.

4. Mineral Oil

You can apply mineral oil to the baby’s scalp for a couple of hours and let it sit, in case there is heavy scaling. After that, use baby shampoo to wash the hair as usual. Take a soft brush to loosen the scale gently off the scalp.

5. See a Dermatologist

If your baby has developed a severe rash which is spreading beyond their hair, and causing pain, itch, hair loss, or if there is an odour coming from the rash, visit a  dermatologist, who can offer prescription treatments.

If you want to control your baby’s cradle cap, try out these tips to treat the condition. However, avoid scratching the cradle cap. 

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