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.