You are absolutely in love with your new little one and you know there isn’t a more beautiful baby on Earth. And then you start to notice these crusty patches on your baby’s scalp. What is that?! Although it is very common and typically harmless, cradle crap, uh I mean cap, can be unsightly. Rest assured, it isn’t painful or itchy for your newborn and will typically resolve itself on its own. Cradle cap can present as patchy scaling or thick crusts on the scalp. It can be oily or dry skin covered with flaky white or yellow scales. While the cause of cradle cap isn’t known, many doctors suggest that a contributing factor my be the hormones that pass from the mother to the baby before birth which cause too much production of oil in the oil glands and hair follicles.
There are shampoos that are made to help with cradle cap, you can find one here. Another method is to put coconut oil on your baby’s scalp and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Then, take a soft bristled baby brush and gently massage your baby’s scalp. You can use a fine-tooth comb to remove any flakes in the hair. Then wash your baby’s hair with a gentle shampoo. You may want to see your baby’s doctor if you’ve been treating at home without success, the patches spread to your baby’s face or body, or the patches look red and irritated. And remember, cradle crap or not, your baby is still the most beautiful baby ever!