It’s normal for newborns to have white flakes on their scalps. This is not an indication of a dry scalp condition but instead the remnants of old skin being shed. Do not use oils, lotions, or Vaseline to treat dry scalp for babies, as this will only adhere to the flakes to the scalp and make the condition worse.
Why is my baby’s head peeling?
In most cases, the underlying cause is cradle cap. Dandruff, eczema, and allergies are other possible causes. If your baby’s scalp doesn’t improve after a couple weeks of treatment or if symptoms get worse, see your baby’s pediatrician.
How do I get rid of my baby’s dry scalp?
Treatments and home remedies
- using a soft brush to gently loosen scales and flakes and washing the brush with soap and water afterward.
- massaging the baby’s scalp with mineral oil, then washing it out.
- applying a gentle shampoo to the baby’s scalp and massaging it in before washing.
Why is the top of my baby’s head scaly?
Cradle cap causes crusty or oily scaly patches on a baby’s scalp. The condition isn’t painful or itchy. But it can cause thick white or yellow scales that aren’t easy to remove. Cradle cap usually clears up on its own in weeks or a few months.
Is it bad to pick at cradle cap?
Cradle cap is not a serious condition and should not cause your child any problems or irritation. However, it is important not to scratch or pick at the cradle cap, in case an infection develops. It usually starts on the scalp and can sometimes spread behind the ears.
Is cradle cap and eczema the same?
Cradle cap is a form of seborrheic dermatitis, which is a form of dermatitis, or skin inflammation. It is related to eczema, or atopic dermatitis, another form of dermatitis.
When do babies usually get cradle cap?
Babies can develop seborrheic dermatitis when they’re between 2 weeks and 12 months old. It usually starts with cradle cap. A baby with cradle cap will have slightly red scaly or crusty yellow patches on the scalp. It may also start on the face or diaper area and spread to other parts of the body.
Is cradle cap dry skin?
Rather than just flaky, scaly skin, cradle cap is characterized by rough, crusty bumps that protrude from your baby’s scalp. Whereas baby dry scalp will feel dry, cradle cap will actually feel oily to the touch.
Why is cradle cap caused?
About cradle cap
It happens if your baby’s skin makes too much oil (sebum), probably because mum’s hormones are still circulating in your baby’s blood after birth. This extra oil interferes with the natural shedding of skin on your baby’s scalp and creates a build-up of dead skin over the scalp.
How often should you wash baby hair?
How often should I wash my baby’s hair? You don’t need to wash their hair every day. Your baby’s hair produces very little oil, so once or twice a week is fine (Blume-Peytavi et al 2016). If your baby has cradle cap, you may want to wash their hair more frequently with a mild baby cradle cap shampoo .
Is baby oil good for cradle cap?
Don’t use baby oil or mineral oil for cradle cap as it can cause more scaly buildup. Wash your baby’s hair afterward with shampoo.
Does breast milk help cradle cap?
Good news – Cradle cap is easily treatable! Simply wash your baby’s hair once a day with a mild baby shampoo. There are many parents who have found breast milk to be an effective cradle cap treatment. Add a small amount of breast milk to your baby’s shampoo and gently massage the scalp with the mixture.
What does infected cradle cap look like?
Infection and cradle cap
Sometimes, the skin under the crusts of cradle cap can become infected. The skin becomes redder and small blisters appear, and then pop and weep. This is caused by the same germs that cause impetigo (‘school sores’).