1. What is cradle cap?
In the months following birth, babies are prone to infant skin pathologies and inflammation. Cradle cap is one of the most common and well-known ones.
Also known as seborrheic dermatitis, cradle cap looks like dandruff or thick, yellowish or brown scaly or crusty patches. It is caused mainly by excess sebum on the scalp making skin cells on your baby's head stick to the scalp. Cradle cap usually occurs in infants around the age of eight months. Several factors can cause cradle cap, such as a history of eczema, hereditary predisposition or the persistence of the mother's hormones in the baby's body.
2. How to get rid of baby cradle cap?
Apply oil on your baby’s scalp 15 minutes before shampooing, then wash the hair with circular movements. This will cause the patches to soften and gently pull away from the scalp, eventually falling off on their own. Careful: do not pick the patches.