It looks like my baby has dandruff. Is it cradle cap?
If your baby's scalp has flaky, dry skin that looks like dandruff, or thick, oily, yellowish or brown scaling or crusting patches, it's probably cradle cap. Doctors call it infantile seborrheic dermatitis, and it's very common.
Cradle cap isn't cute, but it's harmless. It shows up most often in the first few months of life and usually clears up on its own in about six to 12 months – although some children have it for longer.
You might notice the same condition around your baby's ears or eyebrows, on his eyelids, or even in his armpits and other creases.
What causes cradle cap?
The cause is unknown. But we do know that cradle cap is not caused by poor hygiene or allergies. Some experts believe that the hormones a baby receives from his mother at the end of pregnancy overstimulate the baby's oil-producing (seborrheic) glands, resulting in cradle cap. Irritation from a yeast that grows in the sebum (the substance produced by the glands) is also thought to be a possible culprit. But there's no consensus on the cause.
Cradle cap isn't contagious. And it probably doesn't bother your baby at all, although if it gets severe it might itch.
How should I treat my baby's flaky scalp?
CRADLE ME is a perfect remedy for cradle cap. Contains a creamy blend of oils that work wonders to soften, moisturize and lift dry cradle cap scales. Apply 100% natural 'Cradle Me' over cradle cap area and let absorb for several hours. Once scales are softened, slough off with a soft-bristled baby brush and shampoo hair with Dimpleskins Naturals' Avocado Soap. Repeat as often as needed.