So, my son got a mild case of cradle cap following a really bad case of dry scalp that cracked and bled. I cleared that up with the help of some vaseline (click here to read about that). But nothing seemed to make those nasty yellow scaly patches go away. Then I was reading in a sidebar in Parenting magazine that you can use mineral oil to treat cradle cap. Mineral oil? Yes, mineral oil. You may also know it as baby oil:
“Baby oil?” I asked myself. I had never known exactly what baby oil was for (except for adult uses…) when it came to baby. The bottle of oil from the baby shower sat there unopened. So I pulled that sucker out, poured come on a cotton ball, and smeared it all over my son’s cradle cap. I did this for three days, but the scales didn’t fall off as I had expected. But I noticed all that soaking had made the scales soft. Now, I know this will sound gross, but I used my fingernail to gently scrape off the scales. Nothing else worked (combs, brushes, towels, wash cloths, cotton balls… nothing) except my nails. His scalp looked a little red for about an hour, but when the redness subsided I saw that underneath all those scales was new, healthy skin. Yay!