Cradle Cap

Cradle cap is a common skin condition that causes dry, greasy patches of skin on your baby’s head.read moreSee less

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Cradle cap is a harmless skin condition that causes babies to have patches of greasy and yellow crusts on their heads.

 

It can also affect other parts of the body, like the eyebrows, nose and nappy area.

 

To get rid of cradle cap, wash your baby’s hair regularly with mild, unperfumed baby shampoo and gently loosen the flakes with a soft brush.

 

You can also rub baby oil or vegetable oil to help soften the crusts, or leave petroleum jelly on overnight before washing their hair in the morning.

No, you can’t prevent cradle cap because the cause of the condition isn’t fully known.

 

It is thought that cradle cap is caused by hormones from the mother that cross the placenta before birth.

 

These hormones may cause the oil glands in the skin to become overactive, leading to an overproduction of oil.

If you’re using a cradle cap treatment like Colief Baby Scalp Oil, simply pour some of the product into your hands and gently massage it into your baby’s scalp.

 

Do this as often as needed to moisturise their scalp.

If your baby has sensitive skin, you can rest assured that there are a range of wipes to choose from so you can find the best option for your baby.

 

Some brands even claim their wipes are milder than a washcloth and water - just look out for fragrance-free wipes that are mild enough to be used on sensitive skin.