There are two things I pretty much dread every single day: the morning commute into work and my son’s bathtime routine. My spunky 2-year-old loves as he calls “playing in the water.” And who wouldn’t at our house; the number of bathtime toys he has in the water on any given night has kept several toy stores in business (you’re welcome). The bathtime routine involves a trip to the potty (potty training has been an interesting challenge with this child), playtime in the water with or without bubbles, and a book read either by myself or my husband.
The Bathtime Battle
However, it all goes south when it is time to wash his hair. For a little boy who loves water, he loathes getting his hair washed. I have to wrestle him in the bathtub just to rinse the shampoo off his head. By the end of bathtime, Stephen is in tears, and I am usually soaking wet from head to toe. Our dog is usually intrigued by this commotion and will come running into the bathroom to help or supervise or do whatever dogs do in these instances. So at the end of every bathtime, I have a grumpy kid, and the bathroom smells like a wet dog. I just want to point out that these precious moments are never explained or discussed in parenting books.
Now, I have to fight this battle a little more than most parents because my son continually gets nasty cases of cradle cap. Cradle cap is more like cradle crap; it’s disgusting. For those unfamiliar with cradle cap, it is like dandruff on steroids. The more formal definition of cradle cap is greasy, yellowish patches that appear on the skull of infants and small children. When the scalp dries, these patches of what is essentially dead skin cells will become flaky and impossible to brush out of our son’s hair. I find cradle cap tends to be worse for us during the colder months when the air is dryer; however, it does surface throughout the year. Despite my futile mommy attempts, my son keeps getting cradle cap.
Our pediatrician has recommended that we use an anti-dandruff shampoo to help remove the cradle cap. The problem is because Stephen fights getting his hair washed, the anti-dandruff shampoo will often get in his eyes, causing more drama (some may call it screaming). So we needed something that was a little more gentle for our son. During some research, I stumbled across the Bella Bee Gone Cradle Cap Shampoo. The first thing that stuck out to me with this product was that it is an oatmeal-based product. Given that cradle cap can be uncomfortable for young bugs, I was already onboard. The ingredients in the cradle cap shampoo also include aloe vera, vitamin E, and tea tree oil. I’ve had enough sunburns in my day to know that these ingredients are great for the skin.
I decided to try the Bella Bee Gone Cradle Cap Shampoo continuously for a week to see if I saw any improvement. Now, it did not improve the bathtime battle by any means. Stephen was in tears; mommy was soaked, and the wet dog smelling bathroom looked like a lake most nights. The shampoo did irritate his eyes a little, but not nearly as much as the anti-dandruff shampoo. I had to enlist my husband to help keep Stephen’s head tilted back a little so that we wouldn’t get the cradle cap shampoo in his eyes. After a couple of days, we started to see some improvement. His hair was nice and soft, and it appeared the cradle cap was going away. Another bonus is I could use the shampoo to help hydrate his skin, especially as the air becomes colder and drier during the winter.
“After a couple of days, we started to see some improvement. His hair was nice and soft, and it appeared the cradle cap was going away. Another bonus is I could use the shampoo to help hydrate his skin, especially as the air becomes colder and drier during the winter.”Carla Roberts
The biggest drawback for any product that touts itself as organic is obviously cost. An 8 oz. bottle of Bella Bee Gone Cradle Cap Shampoo is about $10. This is compared to the $4 bottle of Johnson’s No More Tears Baby Shampoo. There are some ways to justify the cost. Since I am seeing results with the Bella Bee Gone Cradle Cap shampoo, I find I don’t have to wash my son’s hair Every Single Night. Plus, the ingredients that help to hydrate his skin means I don’t have to purchase as much baby lotion.
The Bee Gone Cradle Cap shampoo worked for us. The shampoo removed the cradle cap quickly and provided some additional benefits for our son as well. Also, I can also use it myself when it is 5:30 in the morning, I’m running late, and I forgot that I ran out of my shampoo.