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How to manage cradle cap in infants

Cradle cap is a common skin disease that affects babies. It appears on the scalp of the head as fluffy flakes of skin, comparable to dandruff in adults. 

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This disorder is generally caused by excessive oil gland secretion in the skin which increases the blockage of the skin's pores with dead cells and it can happen for various reasons including the mother's hormones being passed on to the infant, poor hygiene, and nutritional deficiency.

How to manage cradle cap in babies

1 Coconut oil

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Coconut oil has an antifungal and antibacterial agent that is highly helpful at preventing infections in cradle cap babies. Apply the oil to the affected areas of the baby and gently massage it in, allow it to rest for a 20-minute period before brushing away any flakes of scalp tissue that may have become dislodged during the massage then wash off the oil with lukewarm water and shampoo after twenty minutes.

2 Apple Cider Vinegar

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 Apple cider vinegar has anti-inflammatory properties that help to relieve scalp dryness. Dilute apple cider vinegar with one part of water and apply this mixture to your scalp and keep it on for 15 minutes before washing off with warm water. It should be done twice a week and ensure that it does not come into contact with the baby's eyes.

3 Olive oil

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Olive oil contains vitamin E which makes it one of the healthiest oils for the skin. Olive oil's vitamin E nourishes and protects the skin from infections. Apply a couple of teaspoons of olive oil to the scalp and gently massage it in, let it on for a few hours or even overnight before rinsing it off with a light shampoo. 

4 Shea Butter

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 Shea butter is an excellent moisturizer that also soothes irritated skin. Apply a large amount of shea butter on the baby's scalp and allow it to work on your scalp before scraping it away with a soft brush.

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