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The Magical Miracle All-Natural Cure For Cradle Cap

By Lauren Hartmann |

"Look Ma! No more crusty head!"

For the past few weeks, cradle cap has been the absolute bain of my existence.  It grosses me out even though I know it doesn’t actually have anything to do with my baby being unclean, but that’s not my main beef with cradle cap.  See, I’m a “picker”…sunburns, blemishes, you name it and I’ll pick it and therein lies the problem.  Babies have sensitive scalps so I’ve realized I probably shouldn’t pick at Fern’s, so instead the flakiness just sits there atop her head taunting me.  Because of this, I had to get rid of her cradle cap and stat!

I tried olive oil, coconut oil, dandruff shampoo and even a special cradle cap lotion, but nothing seemed to work and Fern’s scalp actually seemed to be getting worse.

BUT, then while perusing the internet I came upon a solution that seemed so weird that it just might work…and I was right!  Fern’s head cleared up right away with this magical, miracle treatment!

Find out how I got rid of Fern’s cradle cap after the jump!

The magical cure for cradle cap is…………

Breast milk!

Yes.  It’s true.  I was totally surprised myself. I haven’t looked up the actual scientific reason why this works, but all I know is that right after I read it, I expressed a bit of milk (ok, let’s be real, I straight up squirted milk on her head) and rubbed it into her scalp and that was it.  Cradle cap GONE!  I didn’t wash her hair after and just let it soak in.  The next day her scalp looked a little dry, but infinitely better than it had looked before.

That was about a week ago and we’re still looking good.  I just squirt a little bit of breast milk on her head whenever it starts to look a little dry – usually once a day.  If you want to be classier than me, you could always pump a little milk and then put it on your baby’s head, but I hate pumping, so I plan on sticking with my non-classy boob milk squirting ways.

Oh…and the best part of this cradle cap cure is that it’s F-R-E-E, which is music to my husband’s ears.  Who knew breast milk was so magical?  I kind of want to start putting breast milk on other things to see what happens – maybe I’ll discover a cure for something else cool!


•Lauren Hartmann is the founder of The Little Things We Do, a blog about life and adventures in Portland Oregon. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook, or catch up on all of her posts here on Babble.

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Lauren Hartmann is a wife, wardrobe stylist, and mama living in Portland, Oregon. She writes about her adventures in motherhood on Babble's Baby Channel. You can also find her blogging at The Little Things We Do or obsessively partaking in social media. Read bio and latest posts → Read Lauren's latest posts →

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11 thoughts on “The Magical Miracle All-Natural Cure For Cradle Cap

  1. Kira says:

    If Fern’s tear ducts ever get plugged, it works for that too! My pediatrician told me to squirt it in her eye and it totally worked.

  2. Jenni says:

    Any scratches on babe (or you) clear up super quick with a little breast milk. Oh, and also… If you have cracked nipples breast milk is more soothing and healing than any over the counter cream!

  3. Taz says:

    excuse me while i go dab some breast milk on my crow’s feet…

  4. Ann says:

    I used breastmilk on mild baby acne and any other dry patches on my little guy. Works like a charm!

  5. Jude Strib says:

    Whoa. Too cool.

  6. Alexandra O says:

    I squirt it in my sons nose whern he is really congested and it works better than saline.

  7. Ashley B says:

    I will have to remember this for when we have other children! My son’s wasn’t too bad but breastmilk would have been easier than oil and a comb. I wish I would have known it for a tear duct too (comment above) my sister’s son had both of his.

  8. Jennifer says:

    Yup, I tried it too, and it worked like a charm!

  9. TK says:

    Breastmilk is a cure-all for so many baby ailments! Tear ducts, cradle caps, pink eye, diaper rash, stuffy nose, cuts/scrapes – so many things!

  10. kelsey says:

    dangit! we are no longer breastfeeding…i’ve heard vaseline works, too?

  11. Denise says:

    Thank you for this article. I’ve been fighting with cradle crap for months.

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