What to do with Cradle Cap

Does your baby have Seborrheic Dermatitis? Commonly known as “cradle cap”, this condition is especially common in little ones three months or younger. Causing crusty yellow or brown scales on the scalp, or even on face and body, this condition can be quite alarming, especially for new mums.

But have no fear - if your baby is suffering from cradle cap, we’re here to help! In this blog post, Dermatologist Elian gives tips on what you can do with seborrheic dermatitis.

What is Seborrheic Dermatitis?

What rosacea for adults is cradle cap for babies. It is a mild form of seborrhoeic eczema: a thick, greasy and yellowish rash with redness and scaling of skin. It occurs on the head, eyebrows, the fold between nose and cheeks, behind the ears and on the chest. It is common in babies, but usually disappears automatically.

Why does my baby get cradle cap?

The cause is unknown and unfortunately unpreventable. Fortunately, it is unrelated to allergies and is also not contagious.

What can I do if my baby has it?

  1. Massage the scalp with a mild baby oil, like our Soothing Baby Oil, and a soft brush. This is how you release the flakes.
  2. Wash your baby’s hair daily with yeast-killing shampoo or special mild baby shampoo. We especially love our Nourishing Shampoo, which is soap free and tear free.
  3. If you’re in doubt whether it is indeed cradle cap, best to leave it alone until you have sound medical advice. Contact your dermatologist – they will be able to prescribe certain ointments or lotions as necessary more severe conditions.

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