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The do’s and don’ts of cradle cap

The do’s and don’ts of cradle cap

March 27, 2021

Cradle cap is a skin condition that’s common in babies. It usually clears up on its own, but there are things you can try to make it better.

Here are some simple do’s, and dont’s when dealing with Cradle cap.

Wash your baby’s hair regularly with baby shampoo and gently loosen flakes with a soft brush.
Gently rub on baby oil or vegetable oil (such as olive oil) to soften the crusts.
Use baby oil, vegetable oil or petroleum jelly overnight and wash with baby shampoo in the morning.

Do not use peanut oil (because of the allergy risk)
Do not use soap
Do not use adult shampoos
Do not pick crusts – this can cause an infection

Consult with your physician if: 
❕The cradle cap is all over your baby’s body
❕The crusts leak fluid or bleed
❕The affected areas look swollen
❕There’s no improvement after a few weeks of treatment1w

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