Not knowing much as a new mom six years ago, I was surprised when my crunchy pediatrician revealed to me that cradle cap is actually fungal and that eliminating dairy would help to eradicate it, being that dairy intolerance is often the cause.
I used to sit and pick at my son’s scalp as he nursed, trying to clear it up myself. I could pick all I wanted, but it always came back. It was when I eliminated dairy from my diet that it stayed away… until he was old enough to eat foods on his own. None of my three children have ever had a sip of cow’s milk, but they do enjoy plain Greek yogurt and cheese. Having limited diets as it is (no wheat and very little sugar), I sometimes feel bad depriving them of these two treats, so I often let them have them. However, there a periods of time (months) where I give them barely any dairy and it’s then that their scalps are clear. For some people, dairy isn’t the issue, but another food intolerance is. When sugar is in the diet, it makes it worse as fungus and yeast live off of sugar. This is similar to eczema – eczema is the symptom of something the body cannot tolerate.
Because we have had a dairy filed summer, as I start to once again work on the cause (dairy intolerance), I am also tackling the symptom (the actual cradle cap). To clear it up, I turned to a 100% organic and safe shampoo designed for dandruff and cradle cap, Ta Da Shampoo. The combination of organic ingredients, including neem oil (works as a fungicide), tea tree oil and apple cider vinegar, lend to an effective, chemical free treatment. For infants, the Poofy Organics Cradle Cap Oil is a great option, offered as one of their many baby products.
I have only used the shampoo a few times, as I just ordered and received it this past week, but I could see a difference after the first wash. Here’s what I have been doing: I apply the Ta Da Shampoo to their scalps when they first get in the bath and I let it sit for five minutes before washing it off. While it sits, I gently scrub their scalps with my fingers. Then I rinse. Because it is helping to lift off and kill the fungus, you will probably see flakes in the hair that you can comb out as it is drying. It will take a week or two of washing with it to get the fungus gone completely, but it is clear that it has already started working (Note: It will most likely come back if you discontinue use without having eliminated dairy). I’ve got my own dandruff/cradle cap issues and I can’t wait to have longer than two minutes in the shower to use it on my scalp! On a side note, I was pleasantly surprised how soft the shampoo leaves their hair and at how nice the smell is, especially once it has dried.
In addition to eliminating dairy and the use of the shampoo, adding probiotics to the diet will help get rid of the fungus for good as well.
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