Our baby Jonathan is one of the strongest people I know, and he just turned 1 year old. At just 11 weeks old, he had surgery on his skull to repair a defect that he was born with called craniosynostosis. What that means is that two of his skull bones were fused when they are not supposed to be, he had no soft spot on the top of his head, and thus no room for his precious brain to grow properly. Jonathan recovered from surgery, spent over 4 months in helmet therapy and graduated with flying colours. Our perfect baby had the perfect skull, but still suffered horribly with cradle cap, which seemed to flare up right after he had his surgery.
Cradle Cap and Dry Scalp
Jonathan is our third baby and I’ve never had to deal with cradle cap, which is also called seborrheic dermatitis, and appears as crusty or oily, scaly patches on your baby’s scalp. This skin condition can appear in the first weeks and months, but is harmless. It might clear up on its own, but I have found it effective to rub baby oil (any kind of oil will do), at least 15 minutes, up to an hour, before his bath, wet his hair, and then gently scrub his cradle cap off (the oil softens the scales) with a soft baby tooth brush. After that I gently comb his hair with a fine-tooth comb and the scales come out nicely. Cetaphil Baby has a new oil and it works wonderfully for this.
Jonathan has always loved his baths, can you tell!?
Now that he is 1, the tough, yellow cradle cap scales have stayed away, but his scalp remains terribly dry and itchy. I’ve tried a few different lotions and salves, but they’re all too thick and greasy, and thus stay in his hair overnight and make it look like he hasn’t had a bath in days!
We’ve had the chance to use the Cetaphil Baby line over the last few weeks, and they are all quite lovely! Made with gentle, baby-friendly ingredients, the Cetaphil Baby daily lotion was a very nice consistency and I was able to use it on Jonathan’s scalp to help relieve the dryness and itchiness, and it didn’t leave his hair looking greasy. If you look closely, you can see his dry scalp through his very blond hair.
The Cetaphil Baby line is hypoallergenic, so I was able to use the ultra moisturizing wash for his bubble baths every few days, otherwise I just use water because he does have very sensitive skin.
I have to be honest and say that I wasn’t able to use the lotion anywhere but his head because it made his eczema patches flare up. Cetaphil Baby doesn’t claim to treat or cure any skin issues, but I found through a few days of trialing it on his body that I wasn’t able to continue to use because of his sensitivities with eczema. Our other two kids eventually outgrew their eczema by the time they were 2 and I’ve been able to use any product on them after.