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How can cradle cap be prevented?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner
Frequent shampooing of the infant's scalp with a baby shampoo or mild cleanser will prevent the accumulation of scale and the occurrence of cradle cap.
Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

To get rid of the oily buildup on the scalp, massage baby's head with olive oil, and let it set for about 10-15 minutes. After that, wash baby’s hair with baby shampoo, gently combing hair in order to loosen the flakes. Condition if desired. Unfortunately, this is only a treatment, but cradle cap itself cannot be prevented.

Dr. Deborah Mulligan, MD
Pediatrician

No one knows for sure the exact cause of this rash.  Rest assured that cradle cap (seborrheic dermatitis) is not a serious infection.  Nor is it an allergy to something you are using or due to poor hygiene.  Regular use of a special shampoo or combing your baby’s hair daily may stop the scaly patches from forming.  Use over-the-counter shampoos containing selenium sulfide typically used to control dandruff.  It will go away and your baby will be beautiful again.

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