Maybe he’s less of a Seabass and more of a Lizard

15 Sep

Just don't look above the hairline...

Cradle cap.  What’s the deal?  Well, for starters, it’s downright disgusting: Scales of dead skin all over my otherwise-perfect Baby Seabass’ head.  Kinda looks like a dried-up river bed or the skin of an ancient iguana.  The baby book calls it “infantile or neonatal seborrhoeic dermatitis, also known as crusta lactea or ‘milk crust.'” 

Seriously?  MILK CRUST?  “Well, Mrs. Sullivan, the good news is you’ve given birth to a beautiful baby boy.  The bad news is, his head is covered in MILK CRUST.”  The only less appetizing medical term that I can think of is scabies.  Blech. 

For you pregnant moms out there, cradle cap is really nothing special – affecting half of all newborn babies – and completely harmless.  But it’s gross.  I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve been cooing and making silly faces at my sweet boy only to notice errant flakes cascading down his back.  So, after four months of being distracted by Seabass’ scaly, milk-crusty head, I decided to take action.  Here’s the order of events: 

  1.  Lay Seabass on towel.
  2. Apply Burt’s Bees Apricot Oil to affected area.
  3. Massage well into scales.
  4. Using a fine-toothed comb, pick at scales, lifting them from scalp and combing them through hair.
  5. Gag.
  6. Wash Seabass’ hair thoroughly with baby shampoo.
  7. Brush out remaining flakes.
  8. Repeat as necessary.

The result?  A crust-free, soft, beautifully kissable baby head and a happy mommy.

9 Responses to “Maybe he’s less of a Seabass and more of a Lizard”

  1. Oma September 15, 2010 at 11:13 am #

    scabies. hmmmmmm……

    • jaimeclewis September 15, 2010 at 11:14 am #

      not a word.

  2. Christion September 15, 2010 at 11:36 am #

    Note to self: don’t read this blog while eating.

  3. Hannah Rubalcava September 15, 2010 at 4:01 pm #

    Jamie- Melalueca Shampoo takes care of it…REALLY! All 3 kids- all with cradle cap. I did the nasty oil comb out at least 2x/week but a friend just told me about this shampoo and it honestly works wonders!! I combed out the nasty skin and started using this and it has not come back. I ran out for a few days…and the cradle cap came back. Started using it again…and it is almost gone

    • jaimeclewis September 15, 2010 at 4:28 pm #

      Wow! The things you learn. I’ll have to go check it out. Where can I get it?

  4. Debbie September 15, 2010 at 6:35 pm #

    His dad had it bad, too.

  5. Kacey September 15, 2010 at 8:06 pm #

    Oh good. I needed the recipe for that one, too.

  6. Mario Brothers September 22, 2010 at 5:34 pm #

    My kid also had it. And I have to agree that it’s gross. For a couple of weeks we did the oil and comb routine. Fortunately it went away in a month.


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