What Is Infant Cradle Cap

What is infant cradle cap? It is a skin condition occurring in infants caused by the drying of excess oils excreted from the baby's body.

Cradle cap is a skin condition occurring in infants caused by the drying of excess oils excreted from the baby's body. It generally affects the scalp, head, eyebrows and area behind the ears.

The symptoms

One of cradle cap's major characteristics is the yellowish/ whitish crust on the baby's head. In some babies, the affected areas may look like dry patches while in other infants, redness can be found under the crusting.

The cause

The exact cause of cradle cap is unknown. It is not a part of any illness syndrome, nor does its appearance imply that a baby is not being well cared for.



However, in some rare cases, cradle cap can be a symptom of a Biotin (Vitamin H) deficiency. Studies show that mothers who breast-feed have a greater chance of their baby developing cradle cap, because Biotin is not produced in the mother's breast milk.Cradle cap is not contagious.

Does it hurt?

Cradle cap does not hurt at all. In fact, it's completely harmless but can be very unattractive.

The treatment

1. Use organic shampoos

Wash the affected areas with a gentle, all natural or organic shampoo and warm water. Apply the shampoo with a soft toothbrush when you cleanse the head, as this loosens the scales. Many of the organic shampoos contain ingredients such as Aloe Vera, comfrey, vitamins A, C and E and almond or olive oil, all of which is nurturing of baby's delicate skin.

2. Use Medicinal Olive Oil

Warm about 2 tablespoons of medicinal olive oil in the microwave (not hot, just warm) , then rub it thoroughly onto the scalp and leave it on for 12 hrs. The next morning the 'flakes' will have softened and you will be able to use a fine tooth comb (like the ones for nits) to comb it off.

Once you have combed off as much as you can, wash her hair again with organic shampoo.

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