7 Natural Cradle Cap Treatments That Really Work (PHOTOS)

cradle capCradle cap is one of those things about parenthood no one ever tells you to expect. All of a sudden your beautiful little peach is shedding big yellow scales of nastiness from their precious head and you have no idea why. Welcome to motherhood!

We had this with my second child and spent a lot of time trying to figure out why and trying to treat it. It turns out, it was easier than we expected to prevent and keep it at bay.

Doctors still aren't exactly sure why cradle cap occurs, but oily skin is one major issue. It could also be the mother's hormones that the baby is exposed to pre-birth. It could be as simple as dead skin that sticks to oily skin or even a kind of yeast infection. Whatever the cause, it isn't pretty. Here are 7 treatments for cradle cap, from the doctor-approved to the mom-tested.

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Have you tried #3 yet? Did it work?

 

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ashjo85 ashjo85

We used head and shoulders shampoo ( be careful of the eyes though!!) and rub a bit of baby oil into their scalp about 30 mins before the bath. It washes out, and the scales are gone! Worked like a miracle for us.

nonmember avatar amy

we used baking soda paste and dandruff shampoo

MomTi... MomTimSaria

Calendula worked for my son.  I just put the ointment on his scalp then picked off the scabs.  You can pick it up at Whole Foods.

Caley McGuigan Conry

All you have to do is scrub their head with their baby shampoo (we used california baby super sensitive) and a washcloth every time you bathe them and they'll never get it!!

Salsa... Salsacookies

My daughter is 3 and still has cradle cap. Time does not always make it go away.

2baby... 2babymomma

i can't remember the name if it but i used this stuff that comes in a green bottle with Winnie the pooh on it. i only had to use it once and my girls never got cradle cap again. just put it on the scalp and comb the flakes out with a baby comb

2baby... 2babymomma

i can't remember the name if it but i used this stuff that comes in a green bottle with Winnie the pooh on it. i only had to use it once and my girls never got cradle cap again. just put it on the scalp and comb the flakes out with a baby comb

Ape.ci2 Ape.ci2

I used coconut oil, it worked great and made his head smell very coconutty!

leona24 leona24

My son is 3 and still has a couple patches

nonmember avatar Amy

My daughter is 2.5 and still has it too. @Caley- Her doctor kept telling me to just wash her head at bath time with a cloth. I did (vigorously) and it made no difference. I've done the oil and comb bit, with little results. Maybe I will try dandruff shampoo.

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