During the first few weeks of life, babies may have small yellowish crusty patches, greasy to the touch, on their scalp or top of their face. This is called “cradle cap” which is caused by an overproduction of sebum (skin oil). Sebum traps the dead cells on the skin’s surface, leading to the formation of crusty patches. Cradle cap has nothing to do with poor hygiene. This condition affects two-thirds of babies and is completely benign. Cradle cap, however, is unpleasant to look at and can be become infected by bacteria or fungi, so please see our tips for ridding your baby of this condition.
PREVENT CRADLE CAP
- Use a shampoo that prevents cradle cap, gently massaging your baby’s scalp when you wash his hair.
- Carefully brush his hair every day with a soft brush.
- To avoid irritating the skin, don’t wash his hair too often. Once every two to three days, plus simply rinsing his hair in water every day, are more than enough.
TREAT EXISTING CRADLE CAP
- Carefully wash your baby’s hair with a special shampoo, then use a special skin care product that works to both prevent and treat cradle cap.
- Don’t try to remove it with your nails.
- Talk to your doctor if there’s no improvement after two weeks of treatment, if rough red patches appear on other parts of the body, if pimples break out around the cradle cap or if it becomes inflamed.