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    Treating Cradle Cap in Children

    Cradle cap is a crusty, scaly rash on a baby's scalp. It's common and harmless, and not a sign of allergy, infection, or hygiene problems.

    Call Doctor If:

    • Your baby's cradle cap seems scaly or itchy.

    1. Wash the Scalp

    • Use a gentle shampoo to wash your baby's scalp daily until the cradle cap clears up.
    • Don't use a medicated shampoo on a baby unless a pediatrician recommends it.

    2. Remove Scales

    • Brushing the hair with a soft-bristled brush will help remove some of the scales.
    • Gently massaging your baby's scalp will remove scales, too.
    • Using baby oil may help remove scales when combing the scalp.

    3. Be Patient

    • Cradle cap usually goes away on its own. Most children outgrow it before age 3.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Roy Benaroch, MD on September 11, 2015

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