Beautiful and the envy of any limp, thin haired lady!
He did, however suffer from cradle cap. Cradle cap has many alias'; seborrhoeic dermatitis, crusta lactea, milk crust or honeycomb disease and is common for almost half of babies from about 3 months old. If you think about an arid cracked, sandy riverbed then you are picturing cradle cap. It is yellow and scaly and can cover baby's scalp from the eyebrows to the rest of his head.
What is it?
Well they don't know! (why don't they research these things - like morning sickness). Many health professionals believe it maybe a fungal infection. However, don't be alarmed, cradle cap is not caused from poor hygiene or an allergy your baby may have. It is also considered harmless and will eventually disappear overtime (6 to 12 months). Some arguments claim cradle cap is related to antibiotics either given to Mum or baby in the first few weeks of life. Others suggest cradle cap is caused by the over production of the sebaceous glands.
Of course there are old wives formulas which claim to prevent and cure cradle cap. I wanted to stay natural so tried them all but unfortunately none of them worked. That is not to say give them a try if you so wish, you never know it may work on your littlie.
The old wives formulas!
Olive oil/baby oil/Almond oil/Coconut oil
Using a babybrush, dab some oil onto baby's head and brush the loose skin away. For sure, this does brush some of the scales away but they return and it doesn't get rid of cradle cap in total.
Cover baby's head with vaseline, leave it overnight and wash off in the morning. Nope never worked.
My health visitor is a little batty and can often suggest some things that I would nod at in her presence but would secretly be thinking she was mad and no I would never subject my baby to that. One of the things she muttered through a visit was that I should wash Zack's hair with an anti dandruff shampoo. Outraged that I would use such a strong chemical on my little one's precious head I bravely nodded my head and said of course I would try it. Well the weeks passed - without anti dandruff shampoo and the cradle cap continued. My next health visitor meeting came and she asked if I had used the shampoo she suggested. Erm yes, I lied. 'How odd' she reproached 'that always works'. Trying to hide my reddening cheeks I changed the subject thinking I'm for sure going to hell with all this lying I'm becoming accustomed to (you know; you haven't made tea because you were tired and the baby was crying all day, I'll only have a small glass of wine for a change, my baby needs that really snazzy pair of highly overpriced dungarees that cost the same as the couch but you say were given to you).
When I got home I mulled over whether I should give it a go. I used the smallest amount of shampoo it barely caused a lather and when Zack's hair dried his scalp hadn't fallen off and he still looked the same - no skin blemishes, burns etc.
By the second wash using anti dandruff I could see a noticeable difference and by the time I had washed his hair half a dozen times the cradle cap had disappeared.
Things to consider:
Zack was around 6 months old when I began using anti dandruff.
I never got any in his eyes.
I only ever used the smallest amount to wash his hair - about the size of a 5 pence piece (10 cents).
I only washed his hair once a week (at most).
Please be aware anti dandruff shampoos come in different strengths.