What is the yellow stuff on my baby’s head?

Cradle cap appears as patchy scaling or thick crusts on the scalp and greasy skin covered with flaky white or yellow scales. Cradle cap usually doesn’t bother the infant. Cradle cap causes crusty or oily scaly patches on a baby’s scalp. The condition isn’t painful or itchy.

How do I get rid of my baby’s cradle cap?

Wash your baby’s hair once a day with mild, tear-free baby shampoo. Gently remove scales with a soft brush or toothbrush. If the scales don’t loosen easily, apply a small amount of mineral oil or petroleum jelly to your baby’s scalp. Let the oil to soak into the scales for a few minutes to several hours, if needed.

Is it OK to scratch off cradle cap?

Gently brushing your baby’s scalp is a good way to move some flakes off their head, but be careful not to pick or scrape at the flakes. You can find special brushes made just for cradle cap.

When does cradle cap go away?

Cradle cap will eventually go away on its own between 6 and 12 months of age. Usually, it doesn’t cause any symptoms (such as pain or itching). Therefore, treatment is optional.

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What is a natural way to get rid of cradle cap?

Natural ways to get rid of cradle cap

  1. Loosen and remove the scales. Caregivers can loosen and remove the cradle cap scales if they wish. …
  2. Apply a gentle oil. Share on Pinterest Applying a moisturizing agent can help the scales on cradle cap to loosen. …
  3. Scalp massage. …
  4. Shampoo the head gently. …
  5. Consider a mild medical cream.

What does cradle cap look like in babies?

Cradle cap appears as patchy scaling or thick crusts on the scalp and greasy skin covered with flaky white or yellow scales. Cradle cap usually doesn’t bother the infant. Cradle cap causes crusty or oily scaly patches on a baby’s scalp. The condition isn’t painful or itchy.

Why is cradle cap caused?

About cradle cap

It happens if your baby’s skin makes too much oil (sebum), probably because mum’s hormones are still circulating in your baby’s blood after birth. This extra oil interferes with the natural shedding of skin on your baby’s scalp and creates a build-up of dead skin over the scalp.

Is breast milk good for cradle cap?

Good news – Cradle cap is easily treatable! Simply wash your baby’s hair once a day with a mild baby shampoo. There are many parents who have found breast milk to be an effective cradle cap treatment. Add a small amount of breast milk to your baby’s shampoo and gently massage the scalp with the mixture.

Is coconut oil good for cradle cap?

Still, it’s true that coconut oil helps moisturize dry and flaky skin, which could loosen cradle cap flakes and nourish the skin on your baby’s scalp. That’s why coconut oil is often used to reduce the symptoms of eczema . It’s also why it’s a common ingredient in skin moisturizers, soaps, and shampoos.

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How often should I wash cradle cap?

When bathing, make sure you use an infant shampoo and gently brush the scales off with a soft-bristle brush. You can also massage and brush your baby’s scalp while its dry. Remember, over-washing can increase oil production, so shampooing every 2-3 days is a good routine.

Does lotion help cradle cap?

Ask your pediatrician how often to wash your baby’s hair after the cradle cap goes away. Your doctor may also suggest that you use the hydrocortisone cream or another lotion or ointment after the cradle cap has stopped being a problem.

Which oil is best for cradle cap?

I recommend using coconut oil, or cocoa butter. They’re natural and easy to find at stores. Let it sit for a few minutes. The oil will soften and dissolve the cradle cap so that the dead skin can “float up” off the scalp.

What does infected cradle cap look like?

Infection and cradle cap

Sometimes, the skin under the crusts of cradle cap can become infected. The skin becomes redder and small blisters appear, and then pop and weep. This is caused by the same germs that cause impetigo (‘school sores’).

Is cradle cap a fungus?

There also seems to be an association between cradle cap and a type of fungus known as Malassezia which exists – usually completely harmlessly – on the skin. It is thought that some babies react against the fungus, causing inflammation which aggravates the symptoms of cradle cap.