What is cradle cap?
Cradle cap is an oily, yellow scaling or crusting on a baby's scalp. It is common in babies and is easily treated. Cradle cap is not a part of any illness and does not imply that a baby is not being well cared for.
See a picture of cradle cap.
What causes cradle cap?
Cradle cap is the normal buildup of sticky skin oils, scales, and sloughed skin cells.
How is it treated?
Cradle cap is not harmful to your baby. It usually goes away by a baby's first birthday.
Home treatment is usually all that is needed for cradle cap.
When should I call the doctor?
If the above measures do not work, talk to your doctor before using a dandruff shampoo. If these products get in your baby's eyes, they can cause irritation. Your doctor may prescribe other medicines.
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