Cradle Cap in Babies

Cradle Cap in babies

Unlike the name suggests Cradle Cap do not have anything to do with Cradle or for that matter with the Cap!! On a serious note it is a thick yellowish or brown crusts and scales on the scalp of the new-born baby. Cradle cap in babies is a form of dandruff or seborrhea (roosi) which happens due to the natural secretion of hair follicles and skin of the scalp.Usually the affected regions are neither painful nor itchy and do not bother the child.There is nothing special that needs to be done and it will gradually clears up on its own in a few months. Though it isn’t cute, but it’s harmless.

Cradle cap is not caused by any bacterial infection, allergy, nor from poor hygiene.It is also not contagious. The two most common reason for cradle cap includes fungal infection and overactive sebaceous glands.

Though Doctors intervention is generally not required but if the condition become severe, turns red and irritated, starts spreading, appears on other body parts, or if the baby develops thrush (fungal mouth infection), fungal ear infection (an ear infection that does not respond to antibiotics) or a persistent diaper rash, medical intervention is recommended. He might suggest a medicated shampoo, lotion or other treatment.

Treating Cradle Cap in babies


  • Never try to forcible remove it. Also do not apply any hair oil after the bath as this condition happens in those babies producing too much oil in their hair.
  • Gently massage your baby’s scalp with your fingers or a soft brush to loosen the scales.
  • Apply some coconut oil or boiled and cooled milk and leave it for some time and then shampoo the scalp with savlon.
  • Shampoo more frequently (up to once a day), but be sure to rinse out all the soap or shampoo. After shampooing, gently brush your baby’s scalp with a soft brush or a terry cloth towel.

It is a very common condition which shows up most often in the first few months of life and usually clears up on its own in about 6 to 12 months though in some cases it might take longer.

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