CRA­DLE CAP

Mother & Baby (Australia) - - Medical Mum -

What is it? Se­b­or­rhoeic der­mati­tis, or cra­dle cap, looks like greasy, scaly yel­low patches on a baby’s scalp that can be­come dry and flaky over time.

What causes it? Ba­bies are born with ac­tive se­ba­ceous glands that de­velop from the sec­ond trimester of preg­nancy and, in the third trimester, make vernix to cover and pro­tect them in the womb. In new­borns, se­bum builds up and so­lid­i­fies to cre­ate crusty skin on baby’s scalp. It is not caused by poor hy­giene.

Treat­ment: It’s eas­ily treated at home, Me­gan ex­plains. “Olive oil rubbed into the scalp and left overnight can help lift off the scales,” she says. Af­ter three months the se­ba­ceous glands on your baby’s head will be­come in­ac­tive and stay that way un­til pu­berty, so you shouldn’t have any more prob­lems with cra­dle cap.

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