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Cradle cap

Cradle cap is a thick layer of brownish/yellowish scales made up of dead skin cells and grease. Cradle cap is not dangerous, but it can take time to get rid of, so it's best to prevent it from happening in the first place.

It looks like a thin, extra layer of dead skin on baby’s scalp. It can flake and seem like a bad attack of dandruff, with large flakes and scaly patches. It’s a bit greasy, and a brownish/yellowish colour. It’s called cradle cap and consists of dead skin cells and sebum from the glands in the baby's skin and is due to reduced blood circulation.

Cure for cradle cap
Cradle cap is totally harmless but it may take a while to get it under control. Preventing it in the first place is a better option, and it’s easy:

• Wash and towel-dry baby’s scalp every day
• Comb baby’s hair and scalp using a fine-toothed comb – first in one direction, then in the other.
If, however, your baby does develop cradle cap, you can get rid of it this way:

• Rub the scalp with olive oil and leave overnight
• Next morning, wash the hair and remove the scaly patches with a fine-toothed comb
In most cases this will get rid of the scaly patches.

2% salicylic petroleum jelly

If your baby’s cradle cap affects his forehead and eyebrows, you should ask for a good shampoo or a 2% salicylic petroleum jelly at the chemist’s. Make sure you read the instructions carefully.

If the cradle cap persists, consult your midwife or GP.

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