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It is oily yellowish patches that appears on the scalp of babies. It is mostly common within 3 months of life and can last up to 1 year. It is not contagious and does not harm the baby.
In my experience, my little one had it and I was really worried but the GP said not to worry that it goes away before most babies one year birthday. However, that was not enough for me. I simply wanted it to go away as soon as possible.
I read a lot online, watched YouTube videos and was not happy with my findings. None seemed to be say what I wanted to hear.
Many sources recommended the usage of olive oil and combing it out after 15 mins. Meanwhile, that was my baby’s hair oil. Strangely, the front part of the scalp where I cover with lots of oil was coated with cradle cap.
I was convinced that ‘Olive oil’ was the culprit and cannot be my solution. This was further confirmed by an article I read too. The link to the article is available at the end of this post.
I searched for shampoos but was worried trying those chemicals on my little ones scalp. Then, a friend told me she had same issue but theirs was very little and gradually disappeared. She said her GP prescribed Capasal therapeutic shampoo for her baby but she never used it.
It was as if that was all I needed – something prescribed by a professional!
I used it on my little one and it worked like magic. The first time, I was really careful both on application and on combing of the hair. It worked and I was happy. The second day, I was more confident in using it and most of it came off. On the third day, my baby’s scalp was neat, no traces of cradle cap.
I could not believe the past few weeks and all the time I had spent online reading lots of stuffs that amounted to nothing.
I hope this post gets to someone who needs remedy that I needed or to someone that knows someone. However, every baby is different. What worked for mine might not be suitable for yours.
Below are sites for further reading on the topic. I found them very informative.
Disclaimer: This cannot substitute for a professional medical advice and treatment.