What is it?
Cradle cap is a form of dermatitis that affects the scalp of newborn babies. It is commonly present in the first three months of life.
What does it looks like?
Cradle cap looks like greasy yellow crusts, scales or flakes on the scalp accompanied with reddening of the skin.
What causes it?
It is thought that cradle cap happens as a result of hormones left in your baby’s body for several weeks or months after birth. These hormones enlarge the oil (sebaceous) glands in the scalp that makes sebum, which oils the skin.
Flakes of skin that naturally fall from your baby’s scalp get trapped by the oil and stick to the scalp.
What to do about it?
Regularly wash your baby’s scalp with a baby shampoo, and then loosen the flakes off using a soft brush. Egozite Cradle Cap Lotion, a product from the Ego family portfolio, is especially formulated to treat cradle cap by helping to loosen the crusts for easy removal. Additionally, you can try a mild baby oil, such as QV Baby Bath Oil, into your baby’s scalp, leaving it for a while – even overnight, then brush off the flakes. Cradle cap isn’t contagious; however sometimes the skin underneath the crusts can become infected and small blisters will appear and weep. When this occurs your baby can be affected by the impetigo germ, which is highly contagious and will require further treatment from a medical professional.