What is Cradle Cap and How to Get Rid of It

This is what cradle cap looks like.
This is what cradle cap looks like.

Last week my daughter was holding the baby and started screaming “Mommy come quick, something is wrong with Zeke’s head!”

I ran into see what was up to find that she was freaking out about his cradle cap, or as I affectionately call it, cradle crap.

After explaining what cradle cap is, she insisted we get rid of it quick, because “It’s so NASTY”. I agree.

Each of my babies have had it, but typically it went away in the first few months. Not for our Zekerz. The poor dude’s head is covered in yellow crusty scales.

So what is cradle cap and how do you get rid of it? Here’s an explanation and video (starring Zeke) on treating cradle cap. 

What is Cradle Cap?
According to Wikipedia:

Cradle cap is an inflammatory skin condition that causes flaky, white to yellowish scales to form on oily areas such as the scalp or inside the ear. It can occur with or without reddened skin.

Cradle cap is the term used when seborrheic dermatitis affects the scalp of infants.

How Do You Get Rid of Cradle Cap?
Typically, since cradle cap is harmless to the baby, the doctor doesn’t prescribe anything. Though there are numerous ways, here is a video showing how we treat it.

Zeke’s hair is the same color as cradle cap (odd) – and just in the last few weeks has become significantly noticeable.

Here is a short video of Zeke getting his cradle cap treatment.


Learn more on how to treat cradle cap here.

Typically after a few weeks of treatments, cradle cap will subside. If left untreated, cradle cap typically disappears by the age of 1.

How Long Does Cradle Cap Last and is it Just on the Scalp:
Cradle cap typically is seen in newborns and small children up to age 3.

Seborrheic dermatitis (when not on the scalp) can be found on the eyelids, ears, around the nose and in the groin.

Pretty gross, right?

Resource: Wikipedia

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