Cures for Cradle Cap

Suzanne Murray
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When my baby was about 4 months old she had cradle cap and boy did it look gross! At first I wasn't sure how to treat it so I can relate to sarrrr13, who wrote in Answers, "I am a 19-year-old mom with a 4-month-old who I believe has cradle cap. I'm kind of scared about it ... any advice?"

Cradle cap is an oily, yellow crusting on a baby's scalp (skin may appear flaky on ears, eyebrows, and armpits too). Experts aren't sure what causes it (some suspect it's caused by hormones a baby receives from mom at the end of the pregnancy), but cradle cap is pretty common and harmless, although some babies might be itchy. It will go away on its own in about 6 to 12 months, but if you can't bear to look at it (I know I couldn't), it's easy to treat. Here's how, courtesy of all the CafeMoms, who answered sarrrr13's question (condensed by me):

1. Rub on a little oil (olive, almond, organic) on the baby's scalp and let it sit for 15 minutes

2. Use a soft bristled brush (a soft toothbrush or baby's hair brush) to gently massage the flakes on the affected area (you'll see them come off)

3. Rinse with warm water

4. Don't wash your baby's hair every day (shampooing dries the scalp), just a few times a week with a gentle shampoo

5. Repeat the above about twice a week

6. Don't stress! Don't worry! It's normal!

Any other great cures for cradle cap out there?

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