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Goodbye to Cradle Cap

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Both of my children suffer from Cradle Cap. It is not a serious thing, but it is a bit unsightly, especially when the scabs flake off. Monkey goes to school next year and I wouldn’t want her being teased about it. So, action is required.

The most frequently touted solution is to put on some olive oil, rub it in, brush with a soft brush to remove the flakey bits and then wash it out. Fine, so long as you remember in this order!

I have a tendency to do the hair wash and then, when brushing out the tangles remember that I intended to put in the olive oil to get rid of the cradle cap!! Next time I think, but next time passes and the cradle cap stays.  Putting olive oil in the hair without then washing results in really horribly greasy hair – yuk!

Aloe and Rosehip Cradle Cap Lotion

Aloe and Rosehip Cradle Cap Lotion

So, when Wikaniko announced it had a new cradle cap remedy, I thought I would give it a go….

I tried it on Chimp first.  He was about 4 months at the time and had a fair amount of hair, but the scabby bits were quite obvious and a couple of bigger bits regularly made my fingers itch to scratch them off (a no no as it may result in infection).  So I gently rubbed some of the cream in to part of his head, massaging it in for a while as he sat in relaxed mode on my lap.  The instructions (on the website and not the bottle) said to use a baby comb to remove the softened flakes, but as hard as I looked no comb could be found, so made do with a soft baby brush.  Even so, the flakes were coming up well for the few minutes that Chimp remained relaxed, including the big nasty one (yeah!).  He wasn’t that keen, so I stopped.

Mid combing - you can see the mass of flakes and the redish skin where I had removed the flakes.  The redness disappeared within a few minutes.

Mid combing – you can see the flakes and the reddish skin where I had removed the flakes. The redness disappeared within a few minutes.

I tried again a few days later, this time with the comb that had been hiding in plain sight (don’t you hate that?) and was amazed at the volume of flakes that fell from Chimps head onto the floor (luckily laminate so easily swept.  If you have a carpet, I suggest putting a plastic sheet down to collect).  I wasn’t combing hard at all, just gently and repetitively over his head.

I think Chimp is still producing cradle cap as once clear bits have now got a few scabby bits again, but as he is still young this is probably to be expected.

I also tried the product on Monkey who is nearly 4 and has always had some fairly scabby bits despite repeated attempts with olive oil over the years.  I put it on and brushed out with a soft brush until she complained quite vocally.  Her hair is very fine and easily tangled and caught on brushes, so she is not very keen on having it brushed.  Again, the scabby bits came off easily, though I had not managed to get all of them.

I looked again at her head yesterday to hunt for scabby bits and all of the bits I had brushed were still clear.

So from me, a thumbs up for this product.

And the best bit – I can use it any time, even straight after hair wash as it doesn’t make the hair greasy.  It dries well and soon after use you wouldn’t be able to tell you had used it (well other than the mass of flakes in Monkeys hair that she wouldn’t let me brush out).

The main components in the remedy are Aloe Vera and Rosehip.  It is very gentle and non-toxic.


Author: ecomumof2

I am a mum of 2 children, currently 8 and 4.5. We Home Educate and enjoy a wide range of activities - many of which involve being outdoors.

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