Something to add to the list of squicky yet satisfying parent jobs – watching your baby’s beautiful, smooth scalp reveal itself at last. I know everyone says to just leave cradle cap alone and let it resolve itself but 11 months of blight seemed like enough. I wonder whether it might be more stubborn on babies with a full head of hair.
Anyway thank you, Mumsnet. It turns out that soaking your baby in oil and then going at it with a nit-comb is the answer. Hooray!
Should any random baby-wielding person happen to read this and want to know how I got rid of it, here is precisely what worked for me.
- Put baby in high chair and cover their scalp with oil and massage it in (I used a little spray bottle of rosehip seed oil that my sis gave me, which was perfect!)
- Wait an hour or longer. Distract baby with milk/piles of biscuits/Bollywood nursery rhymes and hope that they fall asleep in the chair.
- Using this specific nit comb, gently comb away all of the cradle cap – it just comes away with the comb. (Best do this on an empty stomach.)
- Wash baby’s hair thoroughly with shampoo to get all of the oil out.
- Admire the fresh, scalpy goodness!
And here’s another tip one might be looking for – the backpack-style diaper bag, very convenient.
So, Mildred’s hair was a sight to behold after two shampooings with my Aussie Mega Shampoo. She looked like a tiny walking haystack.
I have no idea if the cradle cap will come back at any point but if it does I think I shall repeat this process.