Novella: So, you’ve had your baby recently.
You’re happy. You’re excited, but you’ve recently noticed thick, dry scale-like patches on your
baby’s scalp, and you’re wondering what the hell it is. Well, moms, I know you’re probably
concerned, but don’t be. It may just well be cradle cap. Now, in today’s video, I’m
going to explain to you what cradle cap is, and what you need to know about cradle cap.
Novella: Hey, guys. It’s Novella from Naturally Crowned. For all your kids’ natural hair tips,
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guide. Novella: Okay, so, let’s get into it. So,
what is cradle cap, you may be thinking. Well, cradle cap is similar to dandruff. It looks
like thick, dry, flaky scale-like patches on your baby’s scalp. So, although these patches
are not painful, they’re thick and oily and tend to stick to your baby’s scalp, so it
makes it hard to actually remove these patches from your baby’s scalp. Now, this is very
common for babies in their first three months of life. My kids, as I mentioned in my other
videos, they both had cradle cap, very bad cradle cap, so like I described, it was very
thick. It was flaky, and it used to stick to their scalp.
Novella: Cradle cap doesn’t just appear on the scalp. It can also appear on your baby’s
nose, on your baby’s eyebrows, on your baby’s forehead, and also in their nappy area. So,
just take a note of that. It’s not just on their scalp. It can actually come in other
areas. Novella: Moms, one thing to note is that cradle
cap is not caused by anything you’re doing wrong. It’s not caused by a bacterial infection.
It’s not caused by an allergy, or even bad hygiene. Another thing to note is that it’s
not contagious. The good thing about cradle cap is it usually clears up on its own within
about six to twelve months. However, there are things you can do to speed up the process,
to make things better, and also to avoid a child from losing any hair. I’m going to share
that with you shortly. But just be rest assured that there are things you can do to make things
better for your baby. Novella: So, you’re probably wondering what
actually causes cradle cap, and the funny thing is, nobody really knows. However, there
are some doctors who feel like cradle cap is caused by an overactive oil gland, so the
oil glands produce more oil that actually needed, or caused by fungus. So, with a lot
of newborns, they’re still carrying a lot of their mom’s hormones in their system, and
this can cause the overactive oil gland, which makes their glands produce more oil than actually
needed, and this is what they believe causes cradle cap.
Novella: Now, with cradle cap, there are early signs to look out for. Now, with both my kids,
when they were about to get cradle cap, I noticed these exact same signs. Now, what
was it was, when I’d wash both of their hair, I would notice after I washed it with shampoo,
rinsed out the shampoo, it would have this white film or white residue left on their
scalp. So, not everywhere, but where the cradle cap was about to develop, so in the middle
section of their hair. So, the white film just wouldn’t come off no matter how much
I rubbed it. It just wouldn’t come off. Novella: Now, I was very gentle while rubbing
it, but it still wouldn’t come off, and that white film residue stayed on their scalp,
and that was a sign that I realized that actually, this is not right. Something is happening.
Now, when I first saw it on my daughter’s hair, I panicked because I didn’t know what
it was, but when my son had it, I already knew what the sign was, so I didn’t panic.
And eventually, it developed from white into brown scale-like patches of flaky, thick,
dry skin on their scalp, and that’s how it developed into the cradle cap. So, look out
for that sign. If you see that white film, white residue on your baby’s scalp, that is
a sign that your baby is getting cradle cap. Novella: Okay, moms, I know you’re probably
thinking, is there anything you can do to prevent your baby from getting cradle cap.
Now, the unfortunate thing is there isn’t anything you can do to prevent your baby from
getting cradle cap. If they’re going to get it, they will get it, and if they’re not going
to get it, then they won’t get it. However, you can do things that won’t make the cradle
cap worse, or won’t aggravate the cradle cap, and also, most importantly, you can do things
where your baby won’t end up losing hair. Novella: When babies have cradle cap, a lot
of babies end up losing hair because of how parents treat their hair at this stage. But
there are things you can do to prevent hair loss. So, with that being said, there are
a few dos and don’ts when it comes to cradle cap. Now, the first do is you want to wash
your baby’s hair once a week and not more. You need to use a sulfate free shampoo when
you’re washing your baby’s hair, and during the time when you’re washing your baby’s hair
to remove the scales and the thick flakes from your baby’s scalp, you want to make sure
that the hair is saturated with water and the shampoo, and you want to gently use a
baby brush in a circular motion to gently remove the flakes or the scales from your
scalp. Novella: Another way to do it when it’s not
wash day is to soak the affected area in a lot of oil, either olive oil or coconut oil,
apricot oil. There are other oils you can use, but those just to name a few. Soak the
cradle cap in the oil for up to 30 minutes, or you can even do it overnight. Once the
cradle cap has been soaked in enough oil for enough time, you then want to use a baby comb
to gently lift the flakes off your baby’s scalp slowly. If you’re not able to do this
easily, this means that you haven’t soaked the cradle cap in enough oil, or you haven’t
done it long enough. So, you want to make sure that the scalp and the cradle cap is
soaked in enough oil to be able to remove the cradle cap from your baby’s scalp easily.
Novella: Okay, so, the biggest don’t is you don’t want to pick the cradle caps or the
scales, the flakes, with your fingers. Don’t try and pick it off. Don’t try and scrape
it off. Don’t try and do anything without firstly soaking the cradle cap, the flakes,
the scalp, whatever it is, in oil first. On wash day, you also don’t want to use any harsh
shampoos. You don’t want to do too much. You want to keep it very, very simple. Don’t use
any adult shampoos. Keep it very simple. Use a non sulfate baby shampoo to remove these
scales on your baby’s hair, and also not to dry out your baby’s scalp more and just make
the situation even more worse than it needs to be.
Novella: Very, very gentle when you’re removing the scales. You don’t want to cause any infection
or encourage any hair loss. So, be very gentle. Make sure that their affected area’s soaked
in oil first, and also, another thing is, moms, please don’t panic. It’s very normal.
It’s very common. All you need to do is follow the simple steps, which is soak the hair in
oil first. Be very gentle when you’re lifting off the flakes, and that is it. It’s not complicated.
Just keep it very, very simple. Novella: Of course, if you are concerned and
the cradle cap is taking too long to go, or you notice that the cradle cap’s become infected,
it’s become swollen, it’s leaking fluid, then please go and see your GP as soon as possible
as this could be a sign of infection or just another problem. So, please definitely see
your GP if this is the case. So, guys, that is it. I hope you enjoyed this video. If you
did, don’t forget to like, comment, and subscribe, and share it with anyone you feel may benefit
from watching this. So, guys, I’m going to love you and leave you, and I’ll see you next
week, Tuesday. Take care. Bye.
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