How to get rid of cradle cap

What is Cradle Cap and How to Treat It with Pure Coconut Oil?What is Cradle Cap and How to Treat It with Pure Coconut Oil?

Cradle Cap is the most common skin disease in newborns and toddlers.  Read this article if you suspect your baby has a case of cradle cap to understand what it is, how it is caused, and what you can do to treat it with pure coconut oil as quickly and as safely as possible.


To start treating the cradle cap, you will need to use something that will soften it first to make it easier to lift off.

The best oil to use is a natural heavy based oil, like Olive oil, Almond oil or even Coconut oil.

Massage the oil into your baby’s scalp 15 – 20 minute before giving your baby a bath.

Mommy Tip:

You don’t want to use artificial oils like manufactured baby oils as these do not soak very well into the scalp to soften or break up the cradle cap.


Once the oil has sat on your baby’s scalp, massage your baby scalp very gently using bad boy Saftey 1st brush that has been specifically designed for cradle cap!

You will want to turn the brush in a clockwise manner, then switching to anti-clockwise. I found this to be the best way to remove the cradle cap without having to ‘comb’ it out – which you should NEVER do anyway.

Mommy Tip:

You will want to take extra care when you are at the baby’s soft spot right at the top of your baby’s head. You will know this spot because you’ll see it pulsating. This spot on your baby’s head is particularly sensitive. So, be very careful.


Whilst the shampoo is still on your baby’s scalp, use the comb end of the brush to remove any loose cradle cap out of the hair.

Mommy Tip: This step solely depends on how bad the cradle cap is and if your baby has any hair.

If you baby has hardly any hair, do not use the comb side, just stick to massaging the scalp using the brush end. And if your baby’s cradle cap is not as bad or it’s more flaky than matted then, again, the comb is not necessary. Just using the brush side will suffice.


The cradle cap will not, unfortunately, go away on the first wash. You will need to repeat these steps as necessary.

At times, you may want to leave out the shampoo and just use the natural oil, or alternatively, you could just use a bit of the shampoo on its own.

Like I mentioned before, every baby is different and the severity of the cradle cap differs. So you, mama are going to have to be the judge of how much and how often your baby’s cradle cap will need treating.


Don’t over massage or over brush your baby’s scalp. It’s still very delicate and very tender. Be gentle at all times.

Do not at any time try to scrub or lift the cradle cap from the scalp – especially if your baby has hair – ouch!

If the cradle cap persists, or you just feel it in your bones that something is not right contact your doctor immediately.

I am not a qualified doctor, so please, do not replace your doctor’s advice with the advice given in this post.

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Symptoms of Cradle Cap

Your baby’s scalp may appear greasy.  They may have white, yellow or brown patches of scales on their scalp.  The actual color of the rash actually has more to do with the color of your baby’s skin than anything else.  Over time, the scales may flake off.

Sometimes, the skin on the scalp may look red, rather than scaly or flaky.  Hair loss is rare, but can occur during an outbreak of cradle cap.  The hair normally grows back after the condition is treated and goes away.

Cradle cap has also been known to appear on other parts of the body, including:

  • Around the Eyebrows
  • Behind the Ears
  • Under Arms
  • In the Diaper Area

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Natural Oils

Many natural, plant-based oils can work wonders on your baby’s cradle cap.  Try massaging coconut, olive, almond, or grapeseed oil onto your child’s scalp, then gently scrape away the flakes.  The oils will help loosen the flakes so that they are easily removed, as well as moisturize your baby’s skin. Almond oil is safe for treating cradle cap. Due to its light texture, almond oil penetrates into the skin quickly. When massaged directly into the scalp, it can help soften the scales and make it easier to rinse them out after shampooing.

  • Combine almond oil and tea tree oil in a ratio of 10:1 and stir it well.
  • Apply it on your baby’s head.
  • Leave it on for 15 minutes.
  • Remove the oily flakes gently with a soft baby brush.
  • Use a baby shampoo to wash your baby’s hair.
  • Repeat daily or every other day to get rid of cradle cap.

Coconut oil also works well as a natural treatment for cradle cap. It acts as a natural moisturizer and will loosen the cradle cap flakes while nourishing the scalp. Plus, its antifungal and antibacterial properties with help fight infections.

  • Put a small amount of organic, solid coconut oil in the palm of your hand.
  • Rub the oil in your palm until it becomes liquid form.
  • Gently massage this liquid oil into the scalp or affected areas.
  • Leave it on for 20 minutes and then rinse it off with warm water.
  • Use a soft brush to gently remove the loose flakes.
  • Do this once daily until you are satisfied with the result.

Olive Oil is recommended by The American Academy of Family Physicians to treat cradle cap. The healing and moisturizing properties of olive oil can help soften and loosen the flaky scales.

  • Slightly warm a small amount of olive oil.
  • Gently massage the oil into your baby’s scalp at bedtime.
  • Leave it on overnight.
  • The next morning, use a soft baby brush or cloth to gently remove any loose particles.
  • Wash your baby’s hair with baby shampoo and warm water.
  • Repeat daily or every other day, depending upon the severity of the condition.

Cradle Cap in Childhood

Piggy-backing off of the above, children with dandruff or cradle cap that continues to be a bother typically have a food sensitivity that has yet to be uncovered.  You can apply oil and scrap the head to help, but it will continue to come back until you have eliminated the underlying cause of the problem.  You may notice tiny bumps on the back of the bicep area, dry patches of skin randomly on the body, or nothing other than the flaky dried skin on the scalp.  All are signs that something in the body is off. Symptoms that can last into adulthood if not treated:

  • Formation of dandruff
  • Mild patches start developing on the scalp and face
  • Itchy scales or patches
  • Rashes start developing in oval or round patches
  • Yellow or brown thick crust on patches
  • Red rashes or sores on neck, face, groins, and armpits
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Introducing an elimination diet is the best way to solve the issue.  GAPS, Whole30, and other gut healing options are out there.  Yes, they are hard, but you will learn so much from them!!  You may opt for IgG testing as well.  This is a food sensitivity test (done through blood draw), instead of an allergy test.  This is how we learned of our middle child’s food sensitivities! Preventative measures of reoccurrence can include: (however, reoccurrence means there is an underlying issue!! PLEASE figure out what it is and eliminate the problem instead of just masking it!)

  • Avoid frequent shampooing
  • Use a good natural shampoo with no chemicals
  • Use a gentle exfoliator, i.e., baby combs with soft bristles
  • Apply oil before shampooing
  • Do not comb scaly skin with force
  • Stick to breastfeeding if the child is still wanting to nurse
  • Use a humidifier in the baby (or child’s) room to maintain a moist environment
  • Rinse properly to remove traces of soap
  • Use your fingers or clean washcloth on baby’s scalp while shampooing
  • Use natural oils for massage

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What is cradle cap?

Most babies develop cradle cap due to excess oil on their skin. Cradle cap are rough and scaly patches on your baby’s scalp. Its not harmful, itchy or painful, you can breathe now mama!

I hope you find these simple steps to get rid of your baby’s cradle cap helpful and useful.

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Step 1: Daily massage

You want to daily massage your baby’s head before washing his/her hair. This will help loosen up the scales from the cradle cap.You can use your hands very gentle or use a brush. Your baby is not going to mind getting a massage from his mama, it helps your baby relax and feel calmed.

Step 2: Baby oil + brush

I used baby oil to get rid of my twins cradle cap and it worked so well. I applied a decent amount of the baby oil on top of their heads and then used a baby bristled brush, to brush and remove the scales. You may want to wait an hour after applying the baby oil, to start brushing your baby’s head. Making gentle circular motion to remove the flakes.The baby oil will help the scales soften and makes it easier for you to remove it with a brush or baby comb.

You can also use:

  • coconut oil
  • petrolium jelly

Step 3: Wash with mild shampoo

After massaging your baby’s head, applying baby oil and removing the scales with a baby brush or comb. It’s time to take your baby a bath and wash his or her hair, I  used a mild or non scented baby shampoo. Wash your baby’s hair and massage his head gently with a brush to loosen the scales even more. Now, with your hands gently wash your baby’s hair and watch the scales “fly” away! Not even joking, these steps worked wonders!

Keep in mind:

  • If you notice that your baby’s cradle cap doesn’t improve with these steps or any other home remedy, please seek the help of your baby’s pediatrician.

You can repeat these steps as much as you’d want, It took me a week to remove the cradle cap on my babies head. So, I’m hoping it will only take you a week too. Again, cradle cap is very common with babies and it will usually go away on it’s own within a couple of weeks. But, I figured you do not want to wait that long. Trying these 3 simple steps to remove your baby’s cradle cap is worth a try.

Once you succeeded in eliminating and getting rid of your baby’s cradle cap. You can now wash your baby’s hair every 3 days or so. You do not want to over wash your baby’s hair or head because then it will cause dryness. As always if you notice anything unusual about the cradle cap or your baby’s head, please consult with your doctor.

I hope you found these tips helpful and useful in getting rid of your baby’s cradle cap. 

No sabía sobre la tapa de cuna hasta que mis mellizos la tuvieron cuando eran bebés. Mi primera hija tuvo la suerte de no tenerlo. Un día descubrí que la cabeza de mi hijo estaba muy seca y tenía pequeños parches. No sabía lo que era, solo pensé que era parte de su eczema severo. ¡Luego verifiqué a su hermana melliza y ella también lo tenia!

Afortunadamente, tuve a mi madre y mi tía para calmarme. Compartieron consejos de resultados útiles y rápidos para deshacerse de la tapa de la cuna de mi bebé. Funcionó y estaba tan feliz y agradecida por estos consejos. Como mi hijo tenía un eczema severo cuando era bebé, su tapa de cuna era un poco más severo que su hermana melliza. Pero estaba decidida a deshacerme de su cápsula sin usar ningún champú medicinal, que se recomienda si su bebé tiene una tapa de cuna severa.

Me complace compartir que me llevó alrededor de 1 semana de deshacerme de la tapa de la cuna de mi bebés. ¡BINGO!

¿Qué es tapa de cuna?

La mayoría de los bebés desarrollan la tapa de cuna debido al exceso de aceite en la piel. Cradle Cap son parches escamosos en el cuero cabelludo de su bebé. No es dañino, pica o es doloroso, ¡ahora puedes respirar, mamá!

Espero que estos simples pasos para deshacerse de la tapa de la cuna de su bebé sean útiles.

3 sencillos pasos para deshacerte de la tapa cuna de tu bebé

Paso 1: Masaje diario

Desea masajear diariamente la cabeza de su bebé antes de lavar su cabello. Esto ayudará a aflojar las escamas de la tapa de la cuna. Puede usar las manos muy delicadas o usar un cepillo. A su bebé no le importará recibir un masaje de su madre, le ayuda a su bebé a relajarse y sentirse calmado.

Paso 2: aceite de bebé + cepillo

Usé aceite de bebé para deshacerme de las tapa de cuna de mis mellizos y funcionó muy bien. Apliqué una cantidad decente del aceite para bebés en la parte superior de sus cabezas y luego usé un cepillo con cerdas para bebés para cepillar y quitar las escamas. Es posible que desee esperar una hora después de aplicar el aceite de bebé, para comenzar a cepillar la cabeza de su bebé. Haga un movimiento circular suave para quitar las capas. El aceite para bebés ayudará a que la balanza se ablande y le facilitará su extracción con un cepillo o peine para bebés.

También puedes usar:

  • aceite de coco
  • jalea de petrolium

Paso 3: lavar con champú suave

Después de masajear la cabeza de su bebé, aplique aceite de bebé y quite las escamas con un cepillo para bebés o un peine. Es hora de bañar a su bebé y lavar su cabello, utilicé un champú para bebés suave o sin perfume. Lave el cabello de su bebé y masajee su cabeza suavemente con un cepillo para aflojar aún más las escamas. ¡Ahora, con sus manos, lave suavemente el cabello de su bebé y mire cómo “escapan” las escamas! ¡Ni siquiera bromeando, estos pasos hicieron maravillas!

Tenga en cuenta:

Si nota que la tapa  de su bebé no mejora con estos pasos o cualquier otro remedio casero, solicite la ayuda del pediatra de su bebé.

Puedes repetir estos pasos tanto como quieras. Me llevó una semana en quitar la tapa de la cuna de la cabeza de mis bebés. Por lo tanto, espero que solo te lleve una semana a ti también. Nuevamente, la tapa de cuna es muy común entre los bebés y generalmente desaparece por sí sola en un par de semanas. Pero, pensé que no querías esperar tanto tiempo. Es recomendable probar estos 3 sencillos pasos para quitar la tapa de la cuna de su bebé.

Una vez que haya tenido éxito en eliminar y deshacerse de la tapa de la cuna de su bebé. Ahora puedes lavar el cabello de su bebé cada 3 días más o menos. No querrás lavar demasiado el cabello o la cabeza de tu bebé porque entonces secará. Como siempre, si nota algo inusual en la cuna o en la cabeza de su bebé, consulte a su médico.

Espero que estos consejos te hayan sido útiles para deshacerte de la tapa de cuna de tu bebé.

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The most common culprit is yeast

Your baby’s body home to trillions of microbes, like bacteria and yeast. For the most part, we harmoniously co-exist with these microscopic bugs. And many of them are essential in fortifying protective “barriers” – such as your baby’s:

  • Lungs
  • Digestive tract
  • Skin

Sometimes, a microbe goes rogue and begins to take over its environment. This is what happens in the case of cradle cap.

According to a review published in 2014 through the Cochrane Library, there is a solid link between cradle cap and the yeast, Malassezia. Which explains why cradle cap tends to improve with antifungal drugs.

It turns out that this particular yeast breaks down sebum (a waxy, oily substance secreted from the skin) and then consumes the fatty acids found in sebum. In particular, the saturated fatty acids – which are hard fats that you would find in coconut oil or ghee.

In a nutshell, the yeast Malassezia feeds on fat. And many home remedies – like olive oil, coconut oil, and shea butter – contain fat that feed the yeast. In fact, scientists often use olive oil in the lab to grow Malassezia.

What Your Doctor May Tell You About Cradle Cap

Most doctors will likely tell you that cradle cap is not itchy and, therefore, is not eczema.

Your doctor may tell you that cradle cap has no irritation, is non-contagious and not a sign of an allergy.

Your doctor may ask you:

  • How long your baby has had cradle cap?
  • How have you treated it?
  • How many times do you shampoo your baby’s hair?
  • What products have you tried?

Your doctor will likely also assure you that cradle cap is not a result of poor hygiene and that it will leave no scars.

The American Academy of Pediatrics does not have a medical theory for cradle cap, nor do they have many causation factors.

Doctors may say that the cradle cap is caused by extreme weather conditions.

Your doctor may also tell you that babies will shed old skin (like dandruff) just as adults do and the dead skin may accumulate where the oil is present on the baby’s scalp forming yellow, crusty, flaky skin which is known as cradle cap.

Your doctor may also be concerned of secondary complications such as red and swollen skin with blisters, pus or lesions that weep.

In this case there may be a bacterial infection such as Staphylococcus aureus or Streptococcus which doctors will treat with a topical antibiotic cream.

Your doctor may feel that there is a bacterial infection in the sebaceous glands caused by a fungus such as yeast triggering the infantile seborrheic dermatitis. Your doctor may treat this with antifungal creams.

Your doctor may suggest using mineral oil, a medicated scalp ointment with steroids such as hydrocortisone or anti-fungal and anti-dandruff shampoos with selenium sulfide for your baby.

Your doctor will likely tell you not to worry, that this is nothing serious, and with time the cradle cap will go away.

Cradle Cap Checklist to Start

Nursing babies may be very responsive to inflammatory foods in the mother’s diet which affect the quality of her breast milk.

Add in organic and natural anti-inflammatory foods.

Make sure you remove overly acidic food such as white refined flour, simple sugars and carbohydrates.

To reduce inflammation, heat and acidity, avoid tea, coffee, alcohol, soft drinks, sugar, dairy, wheat (possibly gluten), chemically preserved and processed foods and sweeteners.

  • Eat whole foods
  • Buy organic foods
  • Remove all GMO foods
  • Remove all fast and processed foods
  • Remove all foods with:
    • Artificial colors
    • Artificial ingredients
    • Preservatives
    • Phenols
    • Salicylates
  • Remove potentially inflammatory foods such as:
    • Casein
    • Gluten
    • Soy
    • Corn
    • Eggs
  • Strictly limit:
    • Sugars
    • Refined salt
    • Refined carbohydrates
  • Join the Feingold Association to learn more.
  • Alkalize your diet with greens such as:
    • Kale
    • Dandelion
    • Parsley
    • Collard greens
    • Watercress

Check out healthy meals for new moms at Mama Natural.

Include plenty of good quality fats (for the breastfeeding mother):

Another important addition to nursing mother’s diet is good quality fats.

These fats supply good quality soothing oil to breast milk which can reduce inflammation and irritation of the skin on baby’s scalp.

Most skin conditions improve with these added fats because there usually is a deficit of lubricating and moisturizing oils in the body.

Try to eat food with lots of omega 3 essential fatty acids such as:

  • Coconut oil
  • Olive oil
  • Avocados
  • Wild salmon
  • Organic chicken
  • Organic turkey
  • Grass-fed ghee
  • Essential fatty acids from:
    • Cod liver oil
    • Hemp seeds
    • Flax seeds
    • Evening primrose oil
    • Borage oil
    • Walnut oil
    • Krill oil

Add fermented foods (for the breastfeeding mother) and probiotics (for mom and baby) daily:

Fermented foods are one of the most powerful ways to restore your baby’s beneficial gut flora.

Nursing moms can enjoy fermented foods in your diet while bottle-fed babies can have kefir yogurts in their formula.

These will keep the gastrointestinal system and microbiome healthy and strong which in turn will keep the immune system strong.

  • Eat kefir yogurts
  • Eat fermented vegetables
  • Eat umeboshi plums (very alkalizing)
  • Eat miso soup, if soy is tolerated

Good bacteria in the microbiome can correct the bacterial imbalance.

Another way to improve your baby’s beneficial gut bacteria is with probiotics; babies need good beneficial bacteria to help prevent the overgrowth of yeast and fungal infections.

Fungus can trigger cradle cap, diaper rash, ear infections, and oral thrush (yeast on the tongue).

Culturelle For Babies and Reuteri by Nature’s Way are two good probiotics for babies.

Some good probiotics for the breastfeeding mother are:

  • VSL#3
  • Gut Pro
  • Dr. Ohirra’s Live Cultured Probiotics
  • Garden of Life
  • Culturelle
  • Klaire Labs

Use natural supplements with your practitioner’s guidance:

Vitamin D3 deficiency is a concern more with bottle-fed babies that with nursing babies who automatically receive important antibodies from their mother to protect their immune system.

Add some D3 to your baby’s bottle; take walks so baby and mom get sunshine or add a little cod liver oil to that baby bottle!

Other supplements to consider for a breastfeeding mom are:

  • Vitamins C, A, E and K
  • Active B Complex
  • Biotin
  • B6 (P5P)
  • Selenium
  • Manganese
  • Copper (minerals)
  • Zinc picolinate (more absorbable form of zinc)
  • Trace minerals with fulvic acid
  • Essential fatty acids:
    • Cod liver oil
    • Krill oil
    • EPA
    • Flax seeds
    • Evening primrose oil
    • Black currant seed oil
    • Borage oil

Use digestive aids (for the breastfeeding mother) with your practitioner’s guidance:

Digestive enzymes for the nursing mother can assist in reducing food sensitivities and intolerances in the baby:

  • Betaine hydrochloric acid (HCl) for low stomach acid (with meals)
  • Digestive enzymes with DPP-IV for gluten and casein intolerances (with meals)
  • Proteolytic enzymes (on an empty stomach)
  • BiCarb (on an empty stomach)
  • Bromelain (with meals)
  • Papaya (with meals)

Explore ways to lessen cradle cap:

  • Gently massage your baby’s scalp with organic coconut oil, olive oil, jojoba or almond oil for a while, letting the oil sit for at least 15 minutes to nourish baby’s scalp. Then take a special light cradle cap brush or a very fine-toothed comb and gently go over the affected area, stimulating the scalp and trying to sweep away the dead skin. Once the flakes have been removed, wash baby’s scalp with a natural chemical-free baby shampoo (see below) to remove the oil.
  • Gentle massaging and brushing daily helps stimulates the scalp and eliminates dead oily skin. Avoid scratching or picking the scalp because this may cause irritation.
  • Terrycloth towels are perfect to massage and dry your baby’s scalp always gently.
  • Did you know that rinsing your baby’s scalp a few times a day with breast milk is an old remedy to get rid of cradle cap?
  • Making a paste of equal parts of baking soda and water and applying to baby’s head for a minute can also help eliminate cradle cap.
  • Almond oil is wonderful for sensitive skin and is a good substitute for tea tree oil which may be too strong on a baby’s scalp but is just as effective in eliminating any fungal infection. Almond oil penetrates the skin quickly.
  • Coconut oil has antifungal and antibacterial properties
  • Do not overwash your baby’s head. It is better to wash baby’s scalp every two to three days so that the oils do not increase too quickly. Over washing can worsen cradle cap.
  • Always keep your baby’s scalp moist after shampooing with a natural lotion for moisture. This helps prevent the scalp from becoming drier and flakier and can calm down the inflammation. Shea butter, calendula-infused cream or evening primrose oil are good choices for natural lotions.
  • Babies love a soothing bath. Chamomile and oats in a muslin cloth or stocking can be placed over the bath tub tap so the warm water runs through it making the bath water silky and soft. Chamomile is calming to the skin and oats contain mucopolysaccharides, which help stop itching and irritation and allow the skin to heal.
  • Never apply hydrogen peroxide, undiluted apple cider vinegar or essential oils directly on to your baby’s scalp without mixing them because they are too strong. A few drops of essential oils such as lavender, borage or calendula maybe be added to your baby’s massage oil.
  • Never keep any oils on your baby’s scalp overnight because the excess oil will clog the oil glands further and worsen the condition. Always wash baby’s scalp after 15 minutes.
  • Check with your baby’s pediatrician to make sure the formula you are giving your baby is right for them. (See formula suggestions below.)
  • Re-evaluate your own diet if you are nursing your baby. Healthier choices for you and the baby can make a significant difference for baby.
  • Using the humidifier can provide moisture in the air and may be helpful in an overly dry home, especially if you have the furnace or air conditioner on. If a humidifier is not available, then large basins of water can help provide moisture as well.
  • Place a small amount of probiotic around your nipple before nursing your baby. Bottle-fed babies can have probiotics put in their formula. Eventually baby will build up resistance to the bad bacteria and reduce the yeast and fungal infections. The proliferation of good beneficial bacteria will help build immunity and protect the baby from further infections.
  • Nursing moms can take nutrients to improve the quality of skin for their babies by taking such nutrients as aloe vera, apple cider vinegar, raw honey, krill oil and high-quality probiotics. (For more information, see nutrient list above.)
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Use homeopathy for cradle cap:

  • Sulphur 6C: a general remedy for skin conditions. Can be used for infants whose cradle cap maybe oozing and very itchy
  • Thuja 6C: is for the baby who is cooler and calmer and likes being snuggled. If Sulphur doesn’t clear your infant’s cradle cap, Thuija should
  • Calcarea Carbonic 6C is specific for the baby who has nutritional deficits

Check out United Remedies for further information on different homeopathic remedies for your baby.

Use herbal solutions for babies with cradle cap (check with your pediatrician):

Herbs are a very good way to strengthen and tone the organs.

Breastfeeding moms may use herbal teas but most herbal tinctures have an alcohol content and should not be given to babies unless directed by your pediatrician.

However, some non-alcoholic tinctures can be found that are made in water or glycerin, vinegar or honey base.

  • Slippery elm (Ulmus fulva) has a very soothing effect on the leaky gut digestive tract. It will also help foods assimilate properly and reduce any gastrointestinal upsets. Nursing moms can put a little amount on their nipples while bottle-fed babies can have 1/8th to ¼ tsp. in their bottles. You can also combine the powdered bark with water and make a slippery elm “gruel,” similar in texture to instant oatmeal. Check with your child’s pediatrician first before using slippery elm gruel in your child’s diet.

Explore shampoos for the baby with cradle cap:

Do not use any harsh chemicals, dyes and alcohol on baby’s delicate skin.

It is always best to use non- chemical, fragrance-free body products, soaps, shampoos and lotions on baby’s sensitive scalp.

Common irritants to the skin contained in most body and face care products are:

  • Sodium lauryl sulfate or any of its derivatives
  • Benzenes
  • Petroleum based products
  • Aluminum
  • Chlorhexidine
  • Dioxins
  • EthyleneDiamide Tetraacetic Acid (EDTA)
  • Parabens
  • Hydrazines

Also avoid using over-the-counter hydrocortisone, anti-fungal creams like ketoconazole and any dandruff shampoos containing strong ingredients like coal tar and salicylic acid, which can all be very toxic to babies.

Not happy with the shampoos on the market? You want something simple, clean and chemical-free.

The Bump lists a variety of shampoos and bath products for baby, and here are some simple recipes for making your own at home:

Chamomile Shampoo


  • ¼ tsp unscented castile soap
  • 2 chamomile tea bags
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 1 drop each tea tree and lavender essential oil
  • 1 tbsp. olive or coconut oil


  1. Gently massage 1 tablespoon of oil and essential oils onto baby’s scalp for about 2 minutes.
  2. Let the oil sit in baby’s scalp for 20 minutes.
  3. Comb baby’s hair several times to loosen up the cradle cap and start removing the flaky skin.
  4. Meanwhile, soak 2 organic chamomile tea bags in 2 cups of hot water for 20 minutes. Remove tea bags and be sure that the water is warm, or at room temperature.
  5. Put baby in the bath and rub their hair with ¼ tsp castile soap and scrub thoroughly yet gently.
  6. Slowly rinse the scalp with the warm (not hot!) chamomile tea, being careful not to get soap into baby’s eyes. Rub the scalp and be sure all the soap is washed out.
  7. Comb baby’s hair well to remove any remaining flakes. Repeat 2-3 times a week.

Apple Cider Vinegar Elixir

Apple cider vinegar is a miracle worker for so many things, and cradle cap is no different. It’s probiotic and antifungal to help balance out the scalp naturally.


  • 2 tbsp raw apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup filtered water


  1. Pour the mixture over baby’s scalp, making sure that none gets in their eyes.
  2. Massage the scalp for a few minutes and then let the vinegar mixture sit on there for 10 minutes before rinsing out with water.

Iodine Aloe Gel

Aloe is soothing to the skin, and can improved dandruff symptoms. For this recipe you can get a small aloe vera plant a large aloe vera leaf from the health food store.


  • Aloe vera leaf
  • 1-2 drops nascent iodine
  • Unscented castile soap


  1. Cut a small portion of the leaf and extract 1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel. Add 1-2 drops of nascent iodine and apply to baby’s scalp.
  2. Leave on for at least 20 minutes and then wash out with castile soap.
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