What To Do When Baby Has Dandruff Like Dry Patches On The Scalp


With the birth of the baby, alot of other issues takes birth too.. One issue which I see needs some discussion here is Cradle Cap. What is Cradle Cap? How seriuos the matter is? What needs to be done? Do I need to show my baby to the doctor? So many questions!
Simple, Cradle Cap is not life threatening. It is neither related to baby hygeine nor related to the way how baby is taken care of. But it does come along with the new born babies, stays on for couple of initial months and even goes away without causing any trouble’ also without needing much attention.

So, what is Cradle Cap?

Cradle Cap is more or less similar to dandruff; usually seen in new born infants below 3 months. It is not exactly dandruff; but the scalp of the infant with cradle cap is scaly with thick patches like huge dandruff pieces. Usually the scaly patches are brown in color.


Clean Baby's-Cradle-Cap-Dandruff


How does Cradle Cap harm the baby?


No, not at all. Babies have the least effect on them while they have cradle cap. It does nothing. Cradle Cap usually  comes and goes on its own without any fuss and problem. Some babies sooner and some a little later.
For some babies it is only on the scalp, and for some babies it might even get down on to forehead, eye brows or ears.

What should I do to my baby’s scaly sclap ?

Nothing much. Don’t pay a lot of attention towards the scaly patches unless they look too red, inflamed, infected or anything serious like.
Just do the daily oil massage routine while baby’s bath. Use a mild baby shampoo to cleanse the oil from the head.
Do not pull out the dry patches with any pressure. Just brush away the ones that have flaked away themselves.
It is not any type of infection on your baby’s skin. It does not spread along. There is no specific reason why Cradle Cap happens.
It is just one topic that comes along with the child’s birth.

Do I need to show my baby to the doctor?

Peadeatrician’s words are the ultimate pacifiers for the mother no matter who else have suggested the same things earlier.
If the sclay patches seems infected, or there are red bleeding rashes, or any form of severe discomfort the baby is facing, then a doctor’s examination is always suggested.

Personal experience:

I remember my daughter had cradle cap in the first two months after her birth. I used coconut oil for her head and body massage. Initially I used Tedi Barsoap for both head and body. Later slowly switched Pegion Liquid Soap (as both bath and shampoo product).
I always made sure her scalp was never left oily, else the sclay patches instead of flaking away would stick to her scalp.


Your baby has Cradle Cap? What did you do?

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  1. I used a cream called Cutisoft as I was freaking out too much. Otherwise like you said ignoring is the best.

  2. Babies just don’t arrive the way we see them in the movies or the ads 😀 I had a lady who use to massage my baby and me…She removed all of it by the method prescribed above…

    Apply coconut oil/ghee on the forehead and the scalp and brush it off gently got removed after 2 months but returned back after 5-6 months i had to visit the doc and my doc advised cutisoft to me too 🙂

  3. my daughter too had the same problem…initially i was very tensed but with regular shampooing, brushing it went off in 3 months.

  4. You didn’t use oil Prerana?

  5. My son had it at 1.5 months. I oiled and brushed away those ; then shampoo washed the hair regularly.

  6. useful article..even my baby had this problem.. doc aked not to worry n use mild shampoo to cleanse her scalp.. then cradle cap slowly gone..

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