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How To Treat Your Baby’s Cradle Cap

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Cradle Cap

Cradle cap is a condition in which yellowish, thick scale-like patches of dead skin form on a baby’s head. It can seem quite worrying, especially if it’s the first time you've seen it. However, there are a few things you need to know about it.

  • Firstly, cradle cap isn't caused by a lack of cleanliness or care. 
  • Secondly, in most cases, cradle cap looks a lot worse to you, the parent, than it feels to your baby. 
  • It’s also very common and is usually easy to clear up.

In many cases, cradle cap will clear up on its own in a few weeks but other cases are more persistent, and there are various things you can do to help. Washing your baby’s hair with water or a very gentle shampoo can help to loosen the scales. Natural oil, such as coconut or olive oil, can be gently rubbed into baby’s scalp to help hydrate the scalp and left for 30 minutes. Using a very soft bristled brush gently can help to remove any dead skin flakes. The oil should then be washed out.

Although it may seem tempting, you should never pick your baby’s cradle cap as this can cause an infection. If your baby’s cradle cap appears red or inflamed, or you are worried about it for any reason, seek medical attention.


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