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Homemade Cradle Cap Recipe

By: Lucy Debenham BA (hons) - Updated: 9 Sep 2010 | comments*Discuss
 
Homemade Cradle Cap Recipe

If you are trying to get rid of your baby's cradle cap, here's how to do it using ingredients from nature. Plus, you can save money at the same time. First of all you should realise that cradle cap is not really a serious or painful condition. However, it should not be allowed to continue untreated for a long period of time. The good news is that cradle cap can be treated gently and naturally. Here's what you should know about cradle cap and how you can cook up your own rinse for treating this condition at home.

What is Cradle Cap?

By itself, cradle cap is not a serious condition. Here's what most doctors believe is happening: essentially, your baby is growing new skin cells faster than the old, dead skin cells fall away. Although it's not known precisely why the dead cells hang around too long, most doctors believe that they are held in place by over-productive oil glands. While cradle cap tends to be unsightly, it is rarely painful or irritating to your baby.

Just because there is no immediate danger from cradle cap, it should not be left untreated. There is a chance that a severe case could leave your baby susceptible to infection. Some experts suggest daily shampooing. But you may be reluctant to use artificial substances on your baby's skin, regardless of how gentle they are purported to be. You will be glad to know that there is a natural alternative. In fact, it can be prepared at home and costs much less than shampoo.

How to Make Homemade Cradle Cap Recipe

The following recipe for a natural cradle cap remedy that uses comfrey leaves. These leaves can be grown at home if you're really ambitious, but if you are only looking to treat your baby's cradle cap, you will probably want to buy only what you need. Unless you have a herbal products shop nearby, your best option is to order comfrey leaves online. You should be able to purchase enough for the recipe below for less than £5.

Start with 60 grams (2 ounces) of dried comfrey leaves or roots that have been cut into small pieces. Put the comfrey into a medium saucepan and add 1 litre (1 and 3/4 pints) of water. Cover and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and strain the liquid into a suitable container. You can discard the comfrey root or leaves. After the liquid has cooled sufficiently, place it in the refrigerator, where it will keep for four days.

When to Apply

Using this natural cradle cap remedy is easy. After your baby's nightly bath, warm the solution to room temperature and work into your baby's scalp with a flannel. Then just let it dry naturally. Keep it up until the irritation clears. But if you don't see any change after seven days, you should consult your baby's doctor. In most cases, a few days of treatment will restore your beautiful baby's scalp to perfect condition.

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