Cradle C(r)ap

"Mom, you're the worst."

From Day 1 we’ve battled a flakey, scaley, really gross & dry scalp on poor little Wesley’s head. At first his skin was so soft that just brushing it took all the patches off his head. But now it’s become a major problem that I just can’t seem to tackle. I’ve tried petroleum jelly (PS – did you know that petroleum jelly was found in oil rigs and annoyed the workers because it caused equipment to malfunction? But it healed their wounds. I love random facts like that.), and that just makes a big ole mess everywhere and stains bedding, and a baking soda paste. The baking soda seems to work, but only for a few days at a time. Wes pretty much hates when I make him sit still to apply the goop and wait for it to dry before getting a bath. That part, he loves.

I’ve had people on Facebook tell me to try mineral oils. What type do you start with? Almond? Tea tree? Olive? I have no idea, and do you just pour it on and let it soak? I don’t trust that I won’t get it in his eyes and then have a screaming mess. Does cradle cap go away eventually? I mean, I don’t know any 5-year-olds with this problem.

Also, I have a confession: I don’t give regular baths to Wes. Babies don’t really get dirty, right? Especially Wes – he’s not very mobile. I think I give him a bath every other week, and I know that probably makes me a terrible mom. I don’t really know why this happens (or doesn’t, rather). Early on, I suppose I was worried about drying out his skin even more than it already was. But now there really isn’t any excuse. He loves baths. And he probably needs them more often. Well, since I’m on Operation Tackle Cradle Cap again, I guess he’ll be getting more of them anyway.

Front porch bath

Posted: June 11th, 2012
Categories: Leah
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Comments: 1 Comment.
Comment from C Proven - June 12, 2012 at 2:17 pm

Your Aunt Mary says to get Alveeno baby wash and shampoo. Bathe daily and gently wsh scalp and be sure to rinse completely with clear water and another cloth. This should clear it up. If not it can lead to excema and infection etc. Much love and keep writing! I love his pictures!! “This too shall pass” as my mentor said!!


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