Were you startled about your baby’s scalp having some dandruff-like build up? That was precisely my case with my first-born son. Seeing his scalp with thick dandruff-like flakes can give you the anxieties, and it is not surprising if you would take the first measure to remove it through baby oil.
The condition is commonly known as cradle cap, and the medical term for it is seborrheic dermatitis. Most babies had it when they were born, and it typically clears up during the second half of their first year. However, there are babies – just like mine, who tend to have it longer.
The typical step used to help clear it up more quickly is with baby oil or mineral oil. Applying a tiny amount would help soften the cradle cap, which can then be removed by a baby comb’s gentle stroke. On the other hand, when you accidentally use a large amount of oil, removing it can be particularly tricky. So, here are the steps on how to get baby oil out of hair.
5 Steps to Getting Rid of Baby Oil on Baby Hair
Step 01. Dry the Hair Using a Baby Towel As Much As You Can
Using a baby towel, gently pat your baby’s hair to remove as much of the baby oil as possible. It is better to use a smaller and thinner towel so it would be easier for you to maneuver your hand. You can immediately do this just minutes after applying the baby oil or mineral oil and before bathing your baby.
Note that you should avoid oil derived from nuts until your baby is at least five years old. In between the patting and drying, gently comb your baby’s hair to release most of the cradle cap, reducing the need to reapply baby oil again. Prepare your baby for a bath.
Step 02. Bathe Your Baby Using a Gentle Baby Shampoo
Start by making sure that the temperature of bathwater is between 90 and 100 degrees F. Use one of your arms to provide gentle support to your baby’s back and neck while bathing him. Wet a washcloth and use an ultra-gentle baby cleanser for bathing your baby.
For the hair, see to it that you only use the shampoo that is specially formulated for babies. After about three minutes, gently rinse your baby’s hair. Make sure that you wash away the released cradle cap. Wash the rest of the body thoroughly but gently. After bathing, it is time to dry your baby up again.
It is important to note that if you are not comfortable bathing your baby, have someone more experienced to help you out. This part can be particularly overwhelming at the beginning, and it will take some time for you to gain the confidence to do it on your own.
Step 03. Go Back to Step 01 and See To It That You Dry Your Baby’s Hair and the Rest of the Body
You can use a hooded towel this time to pat dry your baby’s body and hair. You can pat dry the hair again and allow it to dry to see how much of the oil is removed. You can use a soft-bristled baby comb to get rid of any of the flakes stuck in the hair.
Feel with your hand to see if the hair tends to get overly oily. If so, avoid applying baby oil the day after.
Step 04. Use A Dash of Baby Powder
This is one trick that even adults can do. If your baby’s hair still tends to be oily, use a baby powder dash and apply it onto the dry yet oily hair. Gently stroke the hair to allow the powder to spread and absorb the oil. You should find the difference when you feel the hair again.
If it is still a bit oily, do this trick again the following day. Make sure that you only use a little amount of baby powder and apply it so that the baby will not inhale any of it. There have been studies linking talcum powder to health risks.
Step 05. Avoid Using Baby Oil On the Hair Often And Explore Other Options
The last step requires prevention. Note that having a cradle cap is only a temporary condition and eventually gets off in a few months. This means that you need not apply baby oil often. Besides, you may opt to use petroleum jelly or anything that is not extremely oily.
It is also important to double-check whether your baby has eczema. You must avoid applying shampoo on the scalp to get rid of the cradle cap. With your baby’s pediatrician’s permission, try using the medical emollient instead to soften the thick and flaky cradle cap. You can rinse it off with water.
Although it is also tempting to pick the flakes up by hand, try to avoid doing this. Your baby could end up with sore patches, which could, later on, get infected. If you see any red spots on your baby’s head, have him immediately checked by the pediatrician. Only make use of the medication prescribed by your doctor.
Anything odd-looking on your baby can cause anxieties. This is the same as the presence of the cradle cap. It is essential to deal with it with the utmost care, but there is no need to worry about it. Worrying would only prompt you to apply and reapply baby oil on the head.
As the final pointer, always check if your baby products such as baby shampoo, towels, detergent, and baby powder are safe and developed for baby’s use. If you are unsure of which product to use, simply consult your pediatrician.
So, have you succeeded in getting rid of the baby oil? If so, let us know, and we’d be more than pleased to discuss further. Until next time, mommies!