Cradle Cap

Cradle Cap; some of you may or may not have heard of it. This dermatological condition, which affects the scalp of a newborn baby, may cause some worry in parents. Some parents may wonder if a hygiene issue might have caused it, others think that it produces pain in their little one. Below I have answered all these questions and more! I hope you enjoy this week’s blog post!

What is it?

Cradle cap is a yellow scaling on the scalp that usually has a crusty appearance. It is very common in babies, and is treatable. Cradle cap only affects the skin and is not painful to your baby.

What causes it?

Cradle cap is the normal buildup of excess oils, skin cells and scales. It is not known why some babies will develop cradle cap over others. Having cradle cap is not a sign of poor hygiene, and is not a sign of an underlying condition.  

 How to treat it.

Cradle cap will usually go away on its own after the first year of your baby’s life. It can go away without treatment but, can go away faster if you use at-home treatments.

Health care professionals usually recommend shampooing every night when your baby has developed cradle cap. You can follow the below recommendations for best results:

  1. Before shampooing you should rub your baby’s scalp with oil. Examples of oils that you can use are: baby oil, mineral oil, coconut oil and/or petroleum jelly. These oils will help to remove the crust and the scales.
  2. Then, using warm water and a soft bristle brush, gently scrub the scalp to remove the scales.
  3. Finally, shampoo your baby’s scalp, rinse well and gently towel dry.

When you should take your baby to your doctor

If the above measures do not work, and you start to get concerned you can contact your doctor to see if they can prescribe a dandruff cream. It is not recommended to use one without advising a medical professional first.

Although cradle cap can be unsightly, it should not be a big concern for you. It will go away naturally on its own, or you can help speed up the process by using at-home remedies. If you really feel concerned, then you can always contact your health care provider for further information or treatment. I hope you enjoyed this week’s blog post, comment below for any tips or tricks that you used to help your baby’s cradle cap.