How to Clean Cradle Cap

Skin conditions on your new born can be very worrying, however more often than not it’s just dry skin that babies can be very prone to. Cradle cap is very common in babies and there is a simple treatment that can clear it up without any cause for concern.


What is Cradle Cap?


Cradle cap is a very common skin condition that occurs in most babies under 8 months old, it is likely to appear during the first 2 months but that is not to say older children don’t get it. Showing up on your baby’s scalp as a sore red area covered with greasy yellow scaly patches, it can look like a severe case of dandruff. The scales can start to become flaky and rub off quite easily. Usually cradle cap will disappear by itself after a few weeks but for some babies the condition will continue. There have been cases seen on the face, nappy area, armpits and nose of babies; this is known as Seborrheic Eczema (Dermatitis). This cradle cap requires a more intensive course of treatment that would be supplied by your doctor. Although cradle cap can look sore and painful, it is not for your baby.


How is it caused?


Experts believe cradle cap is caused by hormones being released from the mother’s body during pregnancy. These hormones overstimulate the baby’s oil producing glands causing the skin cells to stick to the scalp. With the hormones no longer being released, the oil glands reduce back to normal which is why cradle cap usually disappears on its own.


How to treat it?


If cradle cap doesn’t clear up on its own after a few weeks or months then we have some tips on what can help.

  • Wash your baby’s hair and scalp with baby shampoo regularly
  • After shampooing, use a soft brush or warm towel to remove the flakes
  • Rub mild baby oil into your baby’s scalp for deep moisturising. You can leave the oil on overnight and brush off in a morning. Finish by using a baby shampoo to close the pores of the scalp, remove the oil residue, and excess flakes.


If you are worried about your baby’s cradle cap; it’s red and swollen, or doesn’t seem to be clearing up, consult a doctor.

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