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Cradle Cap


Cradle Cap

Mara Paradis, M.D.
Boys Town Pediatrics

​Cradle cap refers to thick, yellow scales that accumulate on a baby's scalp during the first couple of months of life.

It's very common and not anything to worry about.

The cradle cap, if you left it alone, would eventually go away.

If the cradle cap bothers you or if your infant tends to itch at it, there are a couple of things to do to help relieve the scales.​

Those include washing your baby's scalp three times a week with Selsun Blue.

You can also use hydrocortisone mixed with Aquaphor ointment twice a day for a week, or you can use baby oil with a soft brush and comb those scales out.​

Cradle Cap is a yellowish scaly patch that sometimes appears on the scalp of young babies. Dr. Mara Paradis​, pediatrician at Boys Town Pediatrics, offers ways parents can treat their baby’s scalp.​​​​