Also called seborrhoeic dermatitis, “cradle cap” is very common in infants. It is important to pay particular attention and use the right procedures.
Recognising “Cradle cap”
“Cradle cap” resembles scales (thick, ugly plaques) which form a kind of scalp dandruff or detach completely on rubbing. Often yellow and oily, these scales, often found on the scalp , can also develop on the baby’s face or body. Very common in babies aged under eight months, they are not the sign of poor hygiene but only of the production of too much sebum by the skin. There is nothing to worry about, “cradle cap” is a benign skin problem and generally disappears after a few months.
Getting rid of “Cradle cap”
To promote the disappearance of “cradle cap”, you can apply sweet almond oil directly on the baby’s scalp. This oil, when left to act over some time, oftens the scales and makes them easier to remove. Then use a gentle shampoo suitable for babies, to remove the remaining oil.
Warning: you should never scrape the scales because there would then be a risk of infection and irritation in the areas concerned.
Good to know
“Cradle cap” is called as so because it often resembles residues of dried milk.