Can A 15 Week-Old Really Scratch An Itch?

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Itchy Fuzzball

Today, I had the extraordinarily fun task of dealing with my sick two-year-old and Fuzzball. It was a juggling act to say the least, but we made it through. It was kind of like my 5pm to 8pm hell, but all day long. Anyway, as I was trying to get Shnook down for a nap, I put Fuzz down in the co-sleeper for a few minutes and left the room. When I came back, his little fuzzy head was all pink and flakey, and there was a pile of skin (gross, I know) above his head on the sheet. I know this is cradle cap, or as my mom calls it: “cradle crap.” But I was not aware that it was uncomfortable for baby. After a little googling, it appears that it can be itchy.

Another thing I didn’t realize was that babies as young as three and a half months could control their limbs enough to scratch a part of their body.

I googled this phenomenon as well, but found no clear answer. Now, to be fair, I did not witness the scratching, but I’m fairly sure that’s what happened. I am guilty of leaving him with dagger-like nails since he only lets me cut one or two at a time when he’s awake and I always forget to cut them when he’s asleep. Plus, I really do fear he’ll wake up.

Regardless, he didn’t cry, so I guess he’s okay. I looked up some remedies for cradle cap and it seems like most people use olive oil or another pure oil and then brush out the flakes. I will try that tomorrow.

Did your baby have cradle cap and scratch it?

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