New baby? You may have heard of cradle cap - or your little one could be suffering from it now.

So, what is cradle cap, what causes it and how can you manage it? Read on for some advice...

What is cradle cap?

A common and harmless condition that affects babies, cradle cap causes greasy, flaky crusts on the scalp.

Does cradle cap clear up on its own?

Usually, yes. You can start to loosen and remove some of the flakes over time using baby shampoo, though, but always speak to your midwife or GP if you have any questions or concerns?

What gets rid of cradle cap fast?

As mentioned above, cradle cap is nothing to worry about and it usually clears up on its own. You can, however, loosen the scales with a washcloth, washing your baby's hair once a day with mild baby shampoo.

Petroleum jelly, rubbed onto your baby's head, may also help loosen the flakes. Again, always speak to your midwife before trying this on your little one.

Does cradle cap just appear on the scalp?

No, cradle cap can appear in your baby's eyebrows, on his or her nose or around the nappy area too.


To ease the symptoms of cradle cap, is there anything I shouldn't try?

Yes. You should avoid using olive oil; recent research has found it may not be suitable for use on skin. Do not use peanut oil either, due to the allergy risk.

Soap and adult shampoos should not be used either, and avoid picking at the crusts on your baby's head, as this can cause an infection.

Are there any cradle cap-specific products I could try?

At Chemist.co.uk, we stock Dentinox Cradle Cap Shampoo, which is designed to treat cradle cap. A little shampoo massaged gently but firmly over the entire scalp will help to lift the scaly patches and leave the scalp clear. It helps to soothe dry, itchy, and flaky scalp and contains gentle, active ingredients which can be used on even the youngest babies.

This shampoo can also be used as your baby's regular shampoo once cradle cap is treated to maintain the cleanliness and health of their scalp and hair.

I'm due to give birth; should I have cradle cap shampoo to hand at home?

Regular baby shampoo should help ease the symptoms of cradle cap and it's worth having some in the house for baby's bath time. Why not prepare a box packed with handy products now, to save you making a dash to the supermarket later?

When you're in the thick of a newborn baby bubble, you'll be glad you planned ahead and had everything to hand. Take a look at our mother and baby section here on the site and stock up on essentials like Sudocrem, petroleum jelly (below), and Infacol.

When should I speak to a pharmacist?

If your baby's cradle cap is not clearing up, speak to your pharmacist, doctor or midwife, who will be able to give you some advice on how to combat it.

Until next time...

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Disclaimer: If you are allergic to any of the ingredients listed in the products mentioned, do not consume them. Always check with your doctor before trying a new medication or regime, and if irritation or allergy occurs stop using the product or medication immediately