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What to do with cradle cap

As new parents, it’s natural to want your little one to be happy and healthy in every way. So, spotting a case of cradle cap probably won’t make your day. 

What is cradle cap? It might appear to be something to worry about, but it shouldn’t really bother your baby. Although no one is 100% sure what causes it, experts think that cradle cap is due to an overproduction of oil by the scalp’s glands, which then traps dead skin cells. This can result in greasy, yellow, scaly patches that look a bit like a bad case of baby dandruff. It doesn’t just appear on the head, either – some babies get it on their ears, eyebrows or eyelids. Whatever the cause, it has nothing to do with how you’re looking after your baby and it’s not contagious. 

If you’re wondering how to get rid of cradle cap, well, it usually clears up on its own – but here are some things you can do to help speed up the process… including tips from real moms and dads.

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    Using a gentle shampoo. 

    Keep in mind that even after your baby has gotten over a case of cradle cap the scalp is always sensitive.  Look for shampoos, cleansers and lotions that are made for baby’s sensitive skin. Baby Dove offers two great cleansing options: our Rich Moisture Hypoallergenic Wash and our Fragrance Free Moisture Hypoallergenic Wash. To lock in moisture after the bath try our lotions – available in delicately scented Rich Moisture or Fragrance Free Moisture Hypoallergenic Lotion


  • 2

    Allow the skin to heal. 

    Always talk to your pediatrician and remember that although it doesn't look nice, your baby is not harmed by cradle cap. It's best not to scrub or pick at the dry skin.  It's best to leave the skin alone and allow it to heal

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    Keeping baby’s head dry.  

    Sweating probably won’t help cradle cap, because it gets trapped under the scaly skin, making it itch. Your little one might need a hat in cooler weather, but try to remove it when you get inside and dry their head if it gets wet. Always consult your pediatrician

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