Cradle cap is a crusty, yellow layer clinging to the skin of your baby’s scalp and sometimes to the eyebrows. It is related to a certain type of eczema and your baby may well develop this later if preventative measures are not taken. Cradle cap responds very well to the following measures:
- Give the tissue salt remedies kali mur and kali sulph – one tablet of each crushed and dissolved in 5ml boiled, cooled water three times a day.
- Massage olive oil into the scalp, leave overnight and wash out the next day or use a fine-tooth comb to remove crusts.
- Make a paste of bicarbonate of soda and water, apply to cradle cap and rinse out after five minutes.
- If cradle cap persists you might need to change your baby’s formula milk to a special allergy formula. If breastfeeding, reduce dairy and grain products in your diet.
- Do not introduce cereals to your baby as a first- or early food.
By Sister Lilian
Our experienced editors work with trained journalists and qualified experts to compile accurate, insightful and helpful information about pregnancy, birth, early childhood development and parenting. Our content is reviewed regularly by our panel of advisors, which include medical doctors and healthcare professionals. Meet the Living & Loving Team and our Online Experts.