My children are prone to dry skin which usually manifests itself as eczema and/or cradle cap. I tried to find the source of the skin irritations, but they don’t have allergies and it’s not environmental since we had babies while living in a few different homes. I tend to deal with dry skin myself so in the end I’m guessing it’s hereditary. Over the years I tried to remedy cradle cap with shampoos and creams for treating their scalps, but in the end it was an all-natural cradle cap treatment that worked best for my babies.
I found cradle cap shampoos to be greasy and involved combing the flakes out etc. Who knows what’s even in those shampoos? I sure can’t pronounce the ingredients! The Skin Deep Database from Environmental Working Group is an excellent resource for anyone who wants to get a better understanding about the effects the ingredients in our skin care can have on our bodies. Spend a little time with your bottles on their site and I’m sure you’ll start looking for DIY beauty recipes so you don’t putting those chemicals on your skin.
One baby didn’t have cradle cap, but he did have severely dry skin on his scalp. He scratched it while he was sleeping and no matter how close I trimmed his nails, he continued to scratch his scalp bloody. I combatted this problem in two ways. The first was to cover his hands with some stretchy socks that went up to his elbows, (or they fell off) the second was with my natural cradle cap remedy.
Another baby developed cradle cap on their eyebrows and I wasn’t about to use shampoo there, so instead I tried olive oil and a cotton ball. It worked so well that I use it for all cradle cap problems. At night you rub in the olive oil on the affected area with a cotton ball. In the morning, any leftover flakes come right out with a baby brush. Easy as pie. Now that I’ve begun infusing herbs into my olive oil, I would try calendula infused olive oil, knowing that it would bring even more healing to a baby’s poor itchy scalp.