While cradle cap does not affect the health of the baby, it can be something that is unsightly and it’s usually a sign of underlying health and nutrition needs.
While the underlying factors are not entirely understood, we do know that there is a connection between the hormone levels in the mother and a topical yeast or fungal infection that can affect the baby. Thankfully, there are some wonderful and natural ways we can work to help eliminate cradle cap.
The emphasis on having sufficient Omega fatty acids has increased in the last several decades. Maternal supplies play a huge role, and it’s highly encouraged to take either Cod Liver Oil or Omega 3‘s while breastfeeding a young infant. Older infants can have Cod Liver Oil or Omega 3’s added to their own diets once they have begun solids.
Eliminate foods in both mom and baby’s diets that may be contributing to fungal overgrowth. Common triggers include but are not limited to wheat, gluten, dairy, sugar, and soy.
Eliminate soaps and other cleansing products; warm water is usually sufficient for baby’s bath. Harsh soaps can strip an infant’s skin of protective natural compounds.
Run a humidifier during dry times of the year to keep baby’s skin from drying out.
Gently massage a few drops (you don’t need much!) of Lavender Infused Oil into baby’s scalp. It’s a great way to nourish and moisturize any dry skin.
Lavender Infused Oil
2 cups of dried lavender blossoms
Add the lavender blossoms to a clean mason jar. Cover with olive oil, cap tightly, and place jar in a window for a week. Shake occasionally. Strain out the blossoms, then store the infused oil in a clean glass jar in the fridge.
Cradle Cap Treatment
1/4 cup pure aloe vera gel
3 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
Mix together and rub into the skin a few times a day, or cover well and let sit overnight. Then use a soft brush to gently wash out baby’s hair.