Dry Scalp

Cradle Cap & Dry Scalp

Cradle cap is common with babies and toddlers, it is a crusty, dry, scaly and sometimes yellowish rash on their scalp. Cradle cap is harmless and tends to go away within a couple of months. Sometimes it can persist into toddler and childhood years.

The exact cause of cradle cape is unknown, it is most likely that it is caused by an over production in the oil glands that are on the scalp. This could be due to hormones, sweat and sometimes your shampoo. It is not caused by poor hygiene or bacteria.

Many types of cradle cap just need to be treated with a mild shampoo. You can use a wash cloth or a very soft toothbrush to rub a small amount of shampoo onto the cradle cap. It is best to allow the shampoo to sit on the cradle cap for a few minutes and then gently massage to try and loosen. Please never pick at the cradle cap because this can cause sores or possibly temporary hair loss in that spot on the scalp. When rinsing the shampoo it is best to use fresh water from the tap and not the bath water that they are in. Their bath water is now full of the oils that you are trying to get rid of.

**Please note that if the cradle cap is severe or spreading to other places other then the scalp you should see your doctor**