Check if your baby has cradle cap
Cradle cap is not itchy or painful and does not bother your baby.
It’s not clear what causes cradle cap. It cannot be caught from another baby.
Things you can try to get rid of cradle cap
- wash your baby’s hair regularly with baby shampoo and gently loosen flakes with a soft brush
- gently rub on baby oil or a vegetable oil (such as olive oil) to soften the crusts
- use baby oil, vegetable oil or petroleum jelly overnight and wash with baby shampoo in the morning
- do not use peanut oil (because of the allergy risk)
- do not use soap
- do not use adult shampoos
- do not pick crusts – this can cause an infection
You can ask a pharmacist:
- about cradle cap treatments
See a GP if:
- the cradle cap is all over your baby’s body
- the crusts leak fluid or bleed
- the affected areas look swollen
- there’s no improvement after a few weeks of treatment
These could be signs of an infection or another condition, like eczema or scabies .