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Cradle Cap Remedies

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What is Cradle Cap?

Cradle cap is a common and harmless skin condition that usually affects babies between two and six months. Appearing as flaky skin or yellow, oily and crusted patches on baby’s scalp, cradle cap can be an unsightly condition – although this is bound to concern mothers more than their babies!

Cradle Cap Remedies
Cradle Cap Remedies

The good news is that the condition does not seem to be painful and generally does not cause too much discomfort to your little one. In severe cases however, cradle cap may become itchy and even spread to other areas such as the face, armpits and diaper area and it is therefore a good idea to address cradle cap as a preventative measure.

Cradle cap is a condition that is controllable with treatment and often goes through cycles of inactivity followed by flare-ups. Diagnosing cradle cap will involve a visual examination and inspection of the area.
What causes Cradle Cap?

As common as cradle cap is, the exact cause remains unclear. A commonly held explanation is that the hormones released by the mother during the final stages of pregnancy affects the unborn baby and causes excessive stimulation of the oil-producing glands.

This excess oil then dies into crusty patches on the scalp and flakes off. Another possible explanation is that cradle cap is caused by a fungal over-growth on the scalp. Either way, mothers should rest assured that cradle cap is NOT a sign of poor hygiene or underlying illness!
Help for Cradle Cap
Natural Herbal and Homeopathic Remedies related to cradle cap

Many parents are turning to natural ways to solve the problem of cradle cap, and there are a number of herbal ingredients which can help.

For example, Viola has a long medicinal history as a topical treatment of many skin conditions including cradle cap and eczema, while Marigold helps to promote healing, and is renowned for its anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties. Almond oil is also commonly used for cradle cap as it is perfectly safe and suitable to the sensitive skin on baby’s scalp.

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