Cradle Cap

Cradle cap is the common name for a condition that newborns or young babies develop, which causes redness and scaly patches on the scalp. The baby gets a sort of infant dandruff, which is caused by overactive oil glands on the scalp and face, and it sometimes affects the neck, ears and even armpits.


Cradle cap isn't serious or catching and it will go away in time.


The specific cause is unknown, but it seems to be related to hormonal changes the baby experiences after birth. The oil glands overproduce for several weeks to months, resulting in the condition.


Cradle cap is a natural condition, and once your baby's sebaceous (oil producing) glands settle into a routine, you'll easily get rid of it.


A natural treatment for cradle cap 

  • First make a paste using 1/2 tsp Baking Soda and water and massage this to the affected area and leave on while bathing for at least 5 minutes.

  • Wash out with water and gently use a soft baby brush to rid the area of any loose flakes.

  • Then apply a nourishing oil to the area.

Read more about cradle cap in this OhBaby! article.