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Homeopathy for Cradle Cap

November 13, 2019

Cradle cap, also know as crusta lacteal, honeycomb disease, milk crust, pityriasis capitis, and infantile seborrhoea dermatitis, is a yellowish, patchy, greasy, scaly and crusty skin rash that occurs on the scalp of recently born babies. It is usually not itchy and does not bother the baby. Typical treatment is gentle removal of the scales and frequent washing of the scalp.  Realistically, cradle cap will clear up on its own within a few months.  

 

If you'd like to help it along, there are a few homeopathy remedies that are helpful cradle cap and they are listed below:

 

Thuja Occidentalis: 

This remedy works well when there are white flakes on the scalp. The hair may also be dry and have split ends.

 

Graphites: 

This remedy works well for cradle cap whose scales improve after washing, but then reappear. There can be an odour to the scales and the scalp. These scales can often also be found behind the ears and on the eyelids. The hair sometimes matts together and falls out.

 

Natrum Muriaticum:

This remedy is helpful for cradle cap that is accompanied by greasy, oily scalp with redness and flakiness. The face is oily, with redness. Acne on the face may also be present.

 

Phosphorus:

This remedy is excellent for cradle cap that has flakiness on the scalp and excessive hairfall. The hair falls out in bunches. In some cases, the hair may fall off in spots. In a few cases, clammy sweat on the scalp may also be present.

 

Kali Sulphuricum:

This remedy works well for cradle cap that has prominent yellow flakes. The scales are sticky, the scalp is moist and there is a fair amount of itching that can get worse when the baby is hot.

 

As always, you should consult licensed homeopath before self diagnosing and treating yourself or your family members.  Please contact eryn@barriehomeopathy.ca for more information. 

 

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