Cradle Cap

In the first few weeks of life, babies often develop cradle cap, a layer of flaky residue on their scalps. It’s harmless and not a sign of allergies or a lack of hygiene.

Cradle cap can linger, even past the first birthday, or it can disappear in a few weeks.

Rubbing hard to get rid of it can irritate your baby’s skin, so let it go away on its own or with the gentle help of a soft cloth and a little oil or lotion.

See also ...

•  Cradle cap causes and treatment

Disclaimer: This page is not intended to provide medical advice about your child. Always seek the advice of a physician, qualified healthcare provider or child-development specialist with any questions you have about your child's health, medical condition or development. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you read here.

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