Cradle cap is caused by the overproduction of sebum (oil) in the hair follicles, which creates flaky patches of white or yellow scales over the scalp. It can be thick, waxy and smelly. The best ways of fighting cradle cap are:

  • Give your child probiotic supplements. Probiotics deliver good bacteria to the gut. A healthy digestion is important for healthy skin.
  • Try applying generously and gently massaging either coconut or calendula oil into the affected areas. Leave for a few hours or overnight. The next day very gently comb and shampoo the scales away. Use natural organic baby shampoo only.
  • Use a very fine-toothed comb to gently lift the scales away, combing against the direction of hair growth. Be careful not to aggravate the scalp.
  • Do not pick at the scales as you may cause an infection.

Homeopathic remedies

Please refer to our homeopathy section for further information.