The aloe vera plant has grown around the world and is known for its small size but immense effects on both the internal and external functioning of the body are just about one or two feet tall with prickly and bitter leaves, which is the plant’s defense mechanism from preventing pests from feeding on it.
Within the leaves, there is a gel-like substance that’s translucent and bitter as well which is made up of 96 percent of water as well as some organic and inorganic compounds and a special type of protein that contains 18 of the 20 amino acids found in the body and lastly, Vitamin A, B, C and E. No wonder Aloe vera has been referred to as a wonder plant.
Aloe vera functions greatly in the treatment of body ailments such as diabetes and constipation, it also helps to handle some skin and related issues in both adults and babies. Yes, aloe vera is very safe for use on baby skin and hair, but to be extra sure, a patch test must be done to confirm it since baby skin could be very sensitive and funny at times.
Using Aloe Vera For Babies Hair Treatment
We all know that the skin of babies is one of the most sensitive kinds of skin we have today and any little mistake can lead to damage which might be short term or long term. Aloe vera is a very good natural substance to be used on baby skin which includes the scalp to soothe and calm the skin by reducing inflammation and redness that might be caused due to several reasons.
The use of aloe vera juice for hair care is as old as time itself. And studies have shown that aloe very usually has an 85% success rate when applied to the hair to protect against hair loss, reduce dandruff, and possibly help in hair regrowth. Its ability to keep moisture in the hair, makes the hair always moisturized, soft, and hydrated. thereby keeping the hair very moist and soft. This is beneficial because especially for baby hair, it prevents protein loss from their hair which might become damaged due to very little and simple reasons, to treat dryness and dandruff as well as to tame and prevent hair frizzing.
The antimicrobial ability of aloe vera can be used to treat many hair related issues in babies that might be caused by fungi or bacteria thanks to the aloe protein and salicylic acid found in the aloe vera gel which contains antifungal, antiseptic, and antibacterial properties, Since commercially produced chemical-based products are not advisable to be used on baby hair, aloe vera, a natural substance can be applied directly to the baby’s hair to maintain and take care of it without fear of having any side effects.
Treating Cradle Cap In Babies Hair Aloe Vera
Cradle cap is a common rash that makes the baby’s scalp oily, have patches, and become crusty. Cradle cap or dry scalp often affects newborn babies during the first few weeks after they have been born. This condition of the scalp in babies is observed when the scalp becomes flaky and reddened almost resembling dandruff.
The good news is that cradle cap is very harmless and non-infectious and does not cause any diseases. It is also neither dry skin nor an indication that your baby lacks proper hygiene. It is simply a skin condition common to babies that clears of on its own after some months. Although it is commonly found in the scalp, it could also be found in the eyebrows and around the ears. But if found in other areas of the body, it could be diagnosed as seborrheic dermatitis.
Causes Of Cradle Cap
Cradle cap is often caused by two main reasons:
#1. Overactive Sebaceous Glands
It is a common belief by experts that overactive sebaceous glands are a cause of cradle cap. These sebaceous glands are where oil produced for the skin is located. It is said that after birth, the maternal hormones that remained which provided active sebaceous glands as a means of protection for the baby’s skin while still in the womb are what begin to overreact when the baby has been born.
#2. Fungal Infection
Fungal infection is another assumed cause of cradle cap. If a mother was administered antibiotics before childbirth, some individuals believe that it could lead to the baby having a cradle cap. Antibiotics are designed to wipe out bad bacteria but also do the same for good bacteria. This can result in an overgrowth of bad bacteria, leading to fungal infections such as cradle cap.
Aloe vera can therefore be used to effectively treat this skin condition that greatly affects babies. The aloe vera juice mixed with the gel within can be extracted and a little amount of water added to it for washing the baby’s hair. This should be applied as a shampoo. This form of washing not only helps get rid of any form of scalp disorder but also assists in keeping the pH of the baby’s scalp balanced, making the baby’s hair soft, shiny, and glowing all at the same time.
How To Test Skin Allergy In Babies With Aloe vera
Due to the immense sensitivity of baby skin and scalp, there could be a chance or very slim possibility that aloe vera might cause some kind of irritation to the skin. So to prevent this and to prevent having to deal with allergies, a patch test needs to be carried out by applying a bit of the Aloe vera to a part of the baby’s skin and wait for minutes to a few hours to check if any signs such redness, a burning sensation, skin irritation, hives, cramping, and diarrhea, and rarely dermatitis appear. If they do, it means the use of aloe vera must be discontinued immediately. But if none of those signs are noticed, it means aloe vera is safe to use on the baby’s skin and hair.