Cradle Cap

What is cradle cap?

You cradle your baby’s head in your hands and look closely. What are those dry, scaly patches on your baby’s head? Most likely, it’s “cradle cap.”

Cradle cap is so named because it’s common in infants (hence cradle) and is usually found on the scalp (or cap). It’s not caused by something you’re using or poor hygiene. Rather, it occurs when a newborn’s oil–producing glands become overactive. Some doctors believe this happens because of mother’s hormones still being in the baby’s circulation.

Doctors call cradle cap a form of seborrheic dermatitis, which can affect other areas of the body where there are a lot of oil-producing sebaceous glands.

How can you tell if it’s cradle cap?

Cradle cap may range from a mild case that looks like dandruff to thick, yellow, crusty patches on the scalp, around the ear, or the eyebrows. See your pediatrician, though, if patches spread to your baby’s face or body.

How common is it?

About half of all babies get cradle cap, though it’s harmless and won’t bother your baby. It usually appears in a baby’s first few weeks and disappears over a period of weeks or months with proper care.

How is cradle cap treated?

Cradle cap is something you can easily treat yourself. Wash your baby’s hair once a day with a mild baby shampoo. Strong medicated shampoos may loosen the scales more quickly, but they can also be irritating.

To loosen the scales, use Gentle Naturals® Cradle Cap Treatment with brush before shampooing. Cradle Cap Treatment is specially formulated to remove crusty scales and moisturize baby’s scalp with natural ingredients: calendula and Vitamin D. Unlike mineral oil, Cradle Cap Treatment is light and non–greasy.

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