Cradle cap, also called seborrhoeic dermatitis, looks like a very bad case of dandruff. It causes a baby’s scalp to become red and flaky. Cradle cap can also appear on you baby’s face, mostly around the eyes and on their eyebrows. Although the condition can look unsightly, it’s very common and nothing to worry about.
What causes it?
It’s thought to be a result of hormonal changes which stimulate secretions from the oil glands in the skin. Some shampoo products can set it off. How long does it last?
It usually disappears on its own within a few months of birth, but can persist or recur in patches for longer. It can last anywhere from a couple of days to, in extreme cases, a couple of months.
Can it be treated?
Cradle cap can be treated or better yet avoided by massaging baby oil into your baby’s scalp every second night. Brush the scalp with a soft-bristled baby brush while the baby oil is still on the scalp this will moisturize your baby’s scalp and help to remove the scales. Then wash the oil of with baby shampoo and warm water. Use of the right baby products will also help cradle cap such as Elizabeth Anne’s baby shampoo.