Management of Cradle Cap




Cradle cap is seborrhoeic dermatitis and is caused by overactive sebaceous glands. It usually occurs on the scalp, but can also appear on the face, ears, neck, and nappy area or in skin folds, such as at the back of the knees and armpits. It usually appears in babies in the first two months and tends to clear up by itself after a few weeks or months. In most cases, it will clear by the time your baby is one year old.

Symptoms yellow-brown, large greasy scales on a baby’s scalp.

Management- Most cases of cradle cap will clear up on their own in time. Gently washing your baby's hair and scalp with baby shampoo can help prevent a build-up of scales. Soaking the crusts with Vaseline/White Petroleum Jelly overnight then washing off with baby shampoo.

Find out more on the NHS website