How To Use Coconut Oil To Treat Cradle Cap

Cradle Cap is common among newborns and usually occurs within the first few weeks. It is caused by excessive production of sebum by the sebaceous glands and looks like dandruff. As a first-time mom, this can be a bit disheartening but be assured that it’s completely normal and only temporary. There are many shampoos and products that claim to get rid of cradle cap but I was scared to use them on my newborn. So I opted for a very simple product – coconut oil. Yes! Coconut oil.  When my daughter had a bout of cradle cap, my mother recommended using coconut oil to treat cradle cap much like a pre-poo. She had successfully used it in the Caribbean when I was a baby. I wasn’t completely sold, but I was pleasantly surprised by how well it worked. The cradle cap disappeared in only a few days.

Coconut oil is natural and you wouldn’t be worried about using harmful chemicals or unknown ingredients on your baby’s delicate skin. To treat cradle cap using coconut oil:

  • Massage Organic Coconut Oil into baby’s the scalp. You can leave it in for 10-15 minutes before baby’s bath, just remember to put a towel or blanket under your baby’s head to avoid oil stains. 
  • Use a fine tooth comb and a soft brush to remove flakes.

Let me know if this helps!

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  • I wish I had known about this when my kids were young. Coconut oil is much more healthier than other oils out there.

    • RattlesandHeels

      It is Stacie.It’s sad that doctors tend to push us to use chemicals on our babies.

  • This is definitely a tip to file away. Thanks for this!

    • RattlesandHeels

      No problem Kimberly

  • I loooovvvveee coconut oil! It’s so versatile! I use it for oil pulling, on my skin, hair…everything! I’ll definitely make a note of this for the future!

    • RattlesandHeels

      I have to try oil pulling Amber, I think that the only use you mentioned that I haven’t tried.

  • iluv2globetrot

    Wow, I use coconut oil and for sure learned something new today, thanks!

    • RattlesandHeels

      No problem 🙂

  • Christine St.Vil

    I absolutely love how we’re finding (or rediscovering) what all of the natural ingredients we have are capable of doing. I surely wish I knew about this when my oldest (7) suffered from cradle cap. But I’ll definitely be sharing 🙂

    • RattlesandHeels

      I agree Christine, it’s much easier for us moms so we don’t have to worry about the effects of chemicals on our babies.

  • MJ

    My princess had cradle cap. We didn’t use coconut oil but we did use olive oil and the same process above. I’m using coconut oil for so many things now so if Baby E happens to get cradle cap I will use your process.

    • RattlesandHeels

      Oh, it’s good to hear that olive oil worked as well.

  • I need to share this information with my niece. My great niece is 2 months old and cradle cap is in full swing. I’m sending this to her inbox right now. Glad I came across this post.