the musical fruit wrote:
Anyone know if it's normal for an almost 2 year old to get cradle cap? It's itching her pretty bad. More importantly, any tips for removal and prevention? Preferably less messy than schmearing oil all over her head, then combing? If not, I guess I'll have to break out the coconut oil...darn, tasty coconut toddler head.
Raygold is 2-3/4 and still has a little patch from babyhood that I am chipping away at slowly, but surely. He had it all the time when he was little and I had a great removal method.
I'd stick some kind of moisturiser (oil, cold cream, lotion, etc.) on his head for a few minutes, then wash his hair (something he REALLY fights now, hence the persistent patch) with a mixture of baby shampoo and baking soda, just scrubbing it in circles with an old tooth brush. Then rinse. That is usually enough to remove the cradle cap, although a little combing out of any scragglers followed by a second rinse helps, too.
I don't like oily baby head (and subsequent grease stains on everything), so this worked well for me.