Sebhorreic Dermatitis (Cradle Cap)
Cradle Cap is a type of Sebhorreic Dermatitis. It is very common in babies and young children. Cradle Cap is characterised by large golden yellow scales on the scalp.
Cradle Cap in Babies
It is most common on the scalp but it can occur on the face, body and in the nappy area. It often occurs on the eyebrows and sometimes on the the face.
How to Get Rid of Cradle Cap
In the huge number of cases it is entirely harmless and goes away by itself (although it can take a long time to totally clear.)
Vigorous rubbing with a face cloth whilst washing your child’s hair will help to remove it.
You can soften it by rubbing on olive oil or another natural oil if you like.
You can also buy shampoos that are marketed to reduce cradle cap.
All my children have had cradle cap and it eventually goes by itself. I didn’t treat it with anything.
Cradle Cap Causes
Cradle Cap is thought to be due to overactive sebaceous glands that produce an oily substance called sebum.
It is not contagious.
Cradle Cap in Toddlers
It is possible for cradle cap to continue into toddler years. Normally they have enough hair for it to be less noticeable.