Do you have a cradle cap baby? Don’t freak out. This is totally normal, yet gross – but normal. 4 out of 4 of our babies experienced the yellow crusting, so chances are that your baby will have it as well.
Let’s look at what this crust is, how to treat it and some other commonly asked question about this common condition that babies experience.
What is Cradle Cap
You see these yellow or white crusts on your baby’s head and of course, it’s totally natural to FREAK OUT. Let’s dive into what it is, what the proper medical name is of this condition, how to fix it and how to prevent it.
Cradle cap in babies, also known as seborrheic dermatitis. This is a common baby scale issue. Typically the crusting is found on your baby’s scalp. That said, eyebrows and sometimes a little on the face is not uncommon for it to show. These oily scaly and/or crusty patches can be thick white or yellow. Remember, this infant scalp condition is a totally normal thing for babies to experience.
Typically you will see this condition in baby’s first 12 months. It is not uncommon for it to come back, but the good news – it’s super easy to treat.
How to Treat Cradle Cap
Here is a super helpful video on how to treat cradle cap. This cradle cap treatment is a great home remedy and requires just a few things you probably already have.
Crusty Baby Head Remedy
Here are a few more things to know about treating crusty baby head and our cradle cap remedy used in the video.
Best Cradle Cap Brush
We used a toothbrush! Make sure to throw it away after scrubbing your baby’s scalp. Nobody wants to clean their teeth with a toothbrush that was used to clean baby head scabs!
If you are looking for a specific baby brush, here is one we suggest from Amazon. TheDermaFrida Baby Bath Silicone cradle cap Brush is perfect, as it’s silicon bristles are soft yet firm and easy to clean.
Baby Oil or Coconut Oil
When making this cradle cap treatment video 7 years ago, it was before the coconut oil craze. For cradle cap coconut oil or baby oil are both great home remedies.
Baby Oil with Shea Butter
Johnson’s and Johnson’s now has a baby oil with shea butter that we want to use for ourselves!
Shampoo for Treating Baby Scalp Issues
Is the Cradle Cap home remedy not cutting it? Here is a shampoo to try. If you are wanting to know how to prevent the baby head crusting, according to Mustela – this shampoo should help.
If you are looking for a scrub, try Mustela Foam Cradle Cap Shampoo. It is highly rated on Amazon and is a ultra-gentle foaming baby shampoo, formulated to cleanse baby hair and scalp preventing and treating Cradle Cap baby.
Is Cradle Cap Painful or Itchy?
Yes, cradle cap does look gross but it’s more of a problem for parents then it is babies. Everything we’ve read, it is not painful or itchy. It just looks gross.
Baby Dry Scalp
Baby oil and coconut oil also help baby dry scalp and baby dandruff. Again, don’t forget that reoccurrence is totally normal!
Is There a Cure?
Sorry folks, we have yet to see a cure for cradle cap.
Talk to a Doctor
If you are concerned about your baby’s skin condition, don’t hesitate to contact a doctor. We are not medical professionals, just parents that have been thru it! We just share our tips on taking care of baby and them kids! Any advice given here is an opinion, use at your own discretion.
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