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Cradle Cap: Coconut Oil Removal & Prevention

How to gently remove cradle cap
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How to Remove Cradle Cap

What is Cradle Cap?

Cradle Cap (Infant Seborrheic Dermatitis) is a skin rash that is either red and scaly, or yellow and crusty or greasy patches, and forms in patches.

It usually develops in these areas:

  • His scalp through his hair
  • His forehead
  • Around his ears
  • On his eyebrows
  • In the armpit area
  • Diaper area
  • Any fold or crease on your baby’s body

Like so many other things with babies, it’s good to have a general knowledge of the things that can happen with, or to, our baby so they aren’t so surprising to us. Here is a list of 36 Things you should know about your newborn baby.

Coconut Oil for Cradle Cap & Your New Baby

Follow These Steps to Remove the Cradle Cap From Your Baby’s Head:

  1. Liquefy the Coconut Oil and rub it through your baby’s hair
  2. Rub your finger in circular motion (you’ll notice you’re lifting the Cradle Cap)
  3. Take a baby comb and comb it out
  4. Give your baby a mini break (although it doesn’t hurt them, but his or her head may get a little red just from the touch)
  5. Repeat until there is no more yucky stuff in the comb!

How Prevent Cradle Cap with Coconut Oil

Whether or not your baby develops it, you should apply Coconut Oil to his hair weekly and rub it through his hair in circular motion like I mentioned above. There is no need to take the comb to his hair unless you notice again that you’re lifting some Cradle Cap off with your fingers. My son hasn’t had any since we removed it the first time because we continue to use Coconut Oil.

Cradle Cap can develop on different areas of the body, so using Coconut Oil all over your baby’s body daily will help prevent him from getting rashes.

If it continues to come back, get infected, or you just can’t remove it – please talk to your doctor.

Why Coconut Oil?

Remove That Yellow Crusty Stuff On Your Baby's Skin

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(6) Comments

  1. All of my babies had cradle cap from around 1 month to 2-3 months of age. I used coconut oil and it was amazing!

    1. Yes my niece actually had it really bad. Coconut oil is simply amazing for everything haha

  2. My nephew had cradle cap when he was born and my sister used coconut oil. It really does work like a charm!

  3. I wish I would have known this when my babes were little. My oldest had it terrible!

  4. Coconut oil was a life saver for my little cousins eczema!

  5. […] Cradle Cap is a common skin rash that happens in newborn babies and is easily removed and prevented, so it shouldn’t cause you to worry. It’s usually red scaly, or yellow crusty patches, and usually forms on these areas: […]

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