Cradle cap is an inflammation of a baby’s skin on the head (or ears) that results in white or yellowish scales that form. It is more common in infants but can occur at any age or in any area of the body usually where the skin is oily. Other common locations for these scales to form are the eyelids, around the nose and in the groin area. It is not a precursor or symptom of any other underlying health problem. In infants the build up of oils and skin cells coupled with the yeast malassezia causes the formation of the scales. For babies or adults, a number of other factors can be related: congenital (runs in families), over production of skin oil, lotions containing alcohol, and even stress or fatigue.
· Mix one drop of Lavender (or Melaleuca or Geranium) with a small amount of carrier oil (coconut or olive oil) and apply topically to the scalp. Do not use so much that it will run into their eyes.
· Let the oils absorb into the skin before washing their head.
· Usually 3 to 4 applications will clear the cradle cap.
· Precautions for babies: Test the skin first because children can be sensitive.
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