4: Petroleum Jelly
Petroleum jelly is one of the most widely employed remedies against this disease. Its moisturizing and nourishing properties are particularly helpful in loosening the scaly patches on the scalp resulting from cradle cap. One of the main reasons for its wide application lies in the simplicity and convenience of its application.
It is generally applied in the following manner:
- Tenderly massage the head of your baby with petroleum jelly an hour before his/ her bath time
- Wash the hair with warm water after letting the petroleum jelly stay on the scalp for an hour
- Use a baby brush with soft bristles to scrub the head of your baby to remove the loose flakes
- Use a dry washcloth to help dry the scalp
- Repeat this application daily until the disease wears off
5: Shea Butter
Shea butter is another natural nourisher and moisturizer of scalp that is commonly utilized in combating this skin ailment. It is readily absorbed into the surface of skin without leaving any greasy feeling on the outer surface of the skin.
It can be applied in the following manner:
- Dab the affected areas with shea butter
- Let the shea butter stay there for 20-25 minutes
- Remove the loosened scaly patches with the help of a soft bristled comb or baby brush
- Use a dry washcloth to help dry the head of your baby
- Keep repeating this exercise daily until the disease vanishes
6: Almond Oil
The reasons behind recommendation of Almond oil are similar to other oils, i.e, their moisturizing and nourishing properties, but almond oil has an additional advantage under its belt in the fact that its light texture assists in seamless absorption into the skin. Massaging the skin with almond oil renders the removal of loose flakes on the surface a less cumbersome and painless exercise.
It can be applied as follows:
- Prepare a mixture of almond and tea tree oil in a proportion of 10:1
- Dab it on the affected areas
- Let it stay there for 20 minutes
- Remove the loosened flakes with the help of a baby comb or a brush
- Wash off your baby’s head with a baby shampoo in water as described earlier
- Keep repeating this application daily or on alternative days depending upon the severity of the ailment.