Baby Losing Hair Due to Cradle Cap
My sister has a 2 month old girl and she has had one of the worst cases of cradle cap that I have ever seen. She had it all over her face and creases of her elbow but they have cleared up.
What she's battling with now is the cradle cap in her scalp, which has caused her to lose a tremendous amount of hair. She is going bald on top of her head! I've read about Borage oil, but would this help with growing back the hair?
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Hair Loss And Cradle Cap
How nice of you to care so much for your sister's daughter. However, you can be completely calm regarding her hair growing back - it will!
I can understand that trying to get rid of the cradle cap creates hair loss, but it is also the fact that many babies lose their hair during their first months of living. Cradle cap or not. It is a normal development that they shed their first set of hair and when their new hair grow, it can be completely different.
And bald spots at least at the back of the head is almost a rule for young infants.
So please don't worry about that.
Still, I think Borago oil is fantastic! When I found out about it and tried it with our youngest baby, the cradle cap cleared within days
. No scratching or combing (and hence a lot less hair loss than with combing)!
The only drawback is that until the baby's enzyme system has matured, the cradle cap will continue to come back and the treatment will have to be done probably several times. But that is true for the old methods to treat cradle cap as well.
So do recommend your sister to try an ointment with borago oil for cradle cap! The one I used even smelled good... :-)Find more information about the cause and treatment of cradle cap here.
Good luck, and again, don't worry about her hair loss!
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