What exactly is Cradle Cap? If your baby’s scalp has flaky, dry skin that looks like dandruff, or thick, oily, yellowish or brown scaling or crusting patches, it’s probably cradle cap. Doctors call it infantile seborrheic dermatitis, and it’s very common.
Cradle cap isn’t cute, but it’s harmless. It shows up most often in the first few months of life and usually clears up on its own in about six to 12 months – although some children have it for longer. Cradle Cap luckily does not harm baby but can certainly be a nuisance…follow our simple Wash with Water® tips for eliminating flakes.
Using warm (but never hot) water wet baby’s hair and dispense our Barenaked Babydoll Newborm foam cleanser
Pump a generous amount of the creamy foam between your fingers and start at baby’s head and work your way down ( apply to spot specific areas).
Use your fingers or a brush with very soft bristles (our favorite is http://www.rockandruddle.co.uk/shop/rabbits/) to gently massage foam on your baby’s scalp each day. This will boost circulation and help scaly patches of skin fall off easily.
Be sure to rinse away all traces of soap with warm water.
For stubborn cradle cap, before shampooing, rub a bit of argan, olive or coconut oil into baby’s scalp and cover it with a moist, warm washcloth to encourage scaly patches to fall off. Leave it on for up to an hour, making sure the cloth stays warm.
If cradle cap doesn’t improve or baby continues to react to scalp itchiness, see your pediatrician for recommendations.
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