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How do you treat cradle cap?

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It's common for babies to develop flaky, red patches of skin on their scalp called cradle cap. It's not a big concern and is easy to treat:

1. Before a bath, massage a little petroleum jelly, olive oil, or baby oil into your baby's scalp to loosen the dry skin.

2. Gently rub the oil into your baby's scalp with a soft brush or washcloth to release the flakes.

3. Wash baby's hair with a gentle baby shampoo.

If it sticks around or spreads to baby's face, neck, or other parts of the body, see your baby's doctor.

From: Baby Maintenance: Baths, Nails, and Hair WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Dr Christopher Tolcher, MD, clinical assistant professor of pediatrics, USC School of Medicine; spokesman, American Academy of Pediatrics.

National Safety Council: "Baby-proofing your home."

March of Dimes: "Giving your baby a bath."

Consumer Product Safety Commission: "CPSC warns of drowning hazard with baby bath seats or rings."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on December 17, 2018

SOURCES:

Dr Christopher Tolcher, MD, clinical assistant professor of pediatrics, USC School of Medicine; spokesman, American Academy of Pediatrics.

National Safety Council: "Baby-proofing your home."

March of Dimes: "Giving your baby a bath."

Consumer Product Safety Commission: "CPSC warns of drowning hazard with baby bath seats or rings."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on December 17, 2018

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