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Dr. Jean Stewart
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Cradle Cap (Overview)

Cradle cap is a common, harmless condition affecting babies where there is a yellow, scaly, dry rash on the scalp.


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What are the most common symptoms of cradle cap?

What are the most common symptoms of cradle cap?

Oil it up: A good safe remedy for that is baby oil applied to the area, it will help clear it up! ...Read more

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Dr. Jean Stewart
54 doctors shared insights

Cradle Cap (Overview)

Cradle cap is a common, harmless condition affecting babies where there is a yellow, scaly, dry rash on the scalp.


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Can you tell me about adult cradle cap, anyone know how to get rid of it?

Can you tell me about adult cradle cap, anyone know how to get rid of it?

Seborrhea: Sounds like you are describing seborrhea or psoriasis. Seborrhea should respond to washing a couple times a week with selsun blue medicated shampoo. Psoriasis will not. If it does not respond, see a your doctor or a dermatologist for further diagnosis. Good luck! ...Read more

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Does johnson's baby shampoo cause cradle cap or clog pores?

Does johnson's baby shampoo cause cradle cap or clog pores?

No...: ...But it contains no medication, so sometimes it won't make cradle cap go away, which might lead you to think that it was the cause. ...Read more

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How can I treat cradle cap?

How can I treat cradle cap?

Baby oil/olive oil: I typically recommend baby oil or olive oil on the scalp for cradle cap. After applying, gently loosen the flakes with a soft baby brush, and then wash your baby's hair. There are some over-the-counter cradle cap treatment kits available as well. If persistent, ask your doctor about dandruff shampoo used twice a week. ...Read more

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How can cradle cap be treated?

How can cradle cap be treated?

Yes: You can use mineral oil to loosen the scales and then wash with a gentle baby shampoo. Do not use the products that have lavender or other scents. Use the mineral oil at night and wash hair. Use your fingers to gently loosen the flakes. You can also use a very soft brush after applying the mineral oil to loosen the flakes. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for cradle cap?

What are the treatments for cradle cap?

None needed: Cradle cap does not usually need to be treated. If it seems to be bothering the infant (or the parent), you can remove it by applying a lubricant (baby oil, olive oil, aquaphor). Leave the lubricant in for 15 minutes and then take a soft toothbrush and gently scrape it out. If that doesn't work, it's probably worth it to see your pediatrician. ...Read more

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I have thick patchy layers of dandruff stuck to my scalp which itches i think is either cradle cap or seborrheic derm how can I permanently cure (19yr?

Have it looked at: You may be dealing with a scalp fungus that may require a prescribed oral anti fungal agent.Creams don't penetrate the scalp deep enough to get at the hair root, so it can persist. If not, a good scalp care routine can be set up. ...Read more

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How to get rid of cradle cap?

Frequent shampooing: Gently massage the baby's scalp with your fingers or a soft brush to loosen the scales. Shampoo more frequently (up to once a day), being sure to rinse out all the shampoo. After shampooing, gently brush the scalp with a soft brush or a terrycloth towel. There are baby shampoos developed especially for cradle cap that might be useful in stubborn cases. Or see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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What sort of disease is cradle cap?

What sort of disease is cradle cap?

Seborrhea: Cradle cap is all known as seborrheic dermatitis, causes scaly patches on a baby's scalp. It is not serious, it can cause thick crusting and white or yellow scales. It usually resolves on its own within a few months. Simple measures, such as washing baby's scalp daily with a mild shampoo, can help loosen and remove the cradle cap scales. ...Read more

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What is cradle cap?

What is cradle cap?

Oily,scaley skin : Cradle cap represents warn out skin cells that remain firmly attached to the scalp after they would otherwise fall off. (all of us shed skin all the time) natural skin oils may act as a glue, and most baby shampoos don't include enzymes to break up the oil. ...Read more

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