How to Get Rid of Cradle Cap

How to get rid of cradle cap was not on my list of to do’s to blog about until my daughter had a freak out moment while holding our baby, Zeke. She thought something was seriously wrong with him when noticing the yellow scales on his head.

Our 5 month old has cradle cap. It’s perfectly normal and absolutely disgusting.

Get rid of Cradle Cap!
Get rid of Cradle Cap!

Okay digital moms, if you are a new mom wanting to know – what is cradle cap? On Babble I give all the details as to what it is, here I’m going to how you to treat cradle cap. Just know this is perfectly normal.  It’s not harmful to your baby, it’s just well UGLY.

How to Get Rid of Cradle Cap

Here is a video showing you exactly how to treat cradle cap and get rid of it for good (or at least a few weeks).


Supplies for Cradle Cap Removal

  • Baby oil (some use olive oil, I prefer the smell of baby oil)
  • Wash cloth
  • Soft toothbrush

Treating Cradle Cap

  • Use the wash cloth and baby oil to saturate baby’s head (not too much, just enough to thoroughly cover – watch out for the eyes).
  • Leave the baby oil on baby’s scalp for 10-15 minutes.
  • Use the toothbrush to gently scrub the scalp and brush out the flakes and scales.
  • THROW away the toothbrush (nasty, gross and yuck)
  • Wet a wash cloth with warm water and place on your baby’s head for a few minutes.
  • Use the wash cloth to rub off the baby oil.

Typically after a few weeks of treatments, cradle cap will subside. If left untreated, cradle cap typically disappears by the age of 1.

Update: We did one good treatment, as seen in video – and about 90% of the cradle cap went away!

Did your baby have cradle cap? How did you treat it?

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