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I don’t know why Baby #2 had such terrible cradle cap. It was terrible. I should have taken photos when she was a newborn baby. It was sooo bad. I tried everything until I discovered THE. ONLY. THING. THAT. WORKED…..LIKE MAGIC.

COCONUT OIL

I thought that dry skin was a symptom of not enough fat in the diet. But we definitely have enough good fats in our diets

[coconut oil, butter, full fat meat from the farm, etc]. She was exclusively nursed as a newborn so I assume she was getting plenty of fat from my milk and my diet. And to look at her…the giant baby appeared to be getting plenty of fat. [wink, wink]

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WHAT KIND OF COCONUT OIL?

The long and short of it is to buy VIRGIN COCONUT OIL or EXTRA VIRGIN COCONUT OIL.  From my research I found…..Do not buy refined. Do not buy bleached. Do not buy deodorized. Do not buy RBD.

NEWBORN CRADLE CAP

When she was a newborn she had terrible cradle cap. And it really never went away. She still has a dry infant/baby scalp. The ONLY ONE THAT REALLY WORKED…and it worked LIKE A MIRACLE, making the scales literally disappear was….COCONUT OIL.  I wish I had taken pics of the cradle cap as a newborn. And then immediately after the coconut oil. It’s amazing. If you have a child with cradle cap and you try it, you’ll be amazed. It’s truly the only thing that works. 

BEFORE & AFTER COCONUT OIL

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I took photos for this post. Here is a before and after from our 10 month old baby. You can see her dry scalp in the before photo. The only difference between the before & after is the coconut oil. I didn’t wet or scrape or scratch her head. The flakes disappeared!

THINGS THAT ALSO HELP WITH CRADLE CAP

  1. SET WARM WASH CLOTH ON HER HEAD.  I also tried to wet her head with a wet wash cloth in the bath or in the bumbo seat in order to loosen the scales.
  2. USE A NIT COMB TO GENTLY REMOVE SCALES. Then I would use a nit comb to gently scrape them away under the hair.
  3. MOISTURIZE WITH COCONUT OIL.

These things helped and were all part of the process but the only true solution was the coconut oil.  The other items without the coconut oil….DID NOT WORK.

When she was a newborn, I would keep a container of coconut oil on my bedside table. I would take a handful of it and rub it in with my fingernails like a gentle massage on her scalp while I was nursing her in bed. I would loosen the scales that way. I think she liked it. She still likes it. She still likes it when I scratch her scalp with my fingernails and rub in the coconut oil.

INFANT DRY SCALP

The actual cradle cap is gone now, but her dry scalp remains at 10 months old.  I still use coconut oil on her scalp before bed. I try to remember to put coconut oil on her head every night before bed. And after baths when her hair is wet.

ISN’T COCONUT OIL GREASY?

It does leave the hair a bit greasy at first. You can see in the above before & after photo that the after photo has her hair looking pretty greasy! I like to put it on before bedtime and then by the morning her hair is silky soft and smooth. It wears off a bit while sleeping and just over time I believe. After it wears off just a bit, she has the most perfect soft and shiny hair.

And, I would rather her have a bit of greasy hair versus scales and dryness. And I assume that she feels better with the coconut oil moisturizing her scalp.

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Any other miracle cradle cap or dryness tips? Or any other miracle uses for coconut oil?

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