Cradle Cap: Symptoms and Treatment

Cradle Cap: Symptoms and Treatment
Published on, 25 November, 2023. Answered by Dr. Madonna Andrawis and Verified by Dr.Galen Team
Patient Question

Hello Doctor,


My 11-month-old baby has been experiencing itchiness on their head, and it seems like there might be some dandruff. Can you provide guidance on what might be causing this and how I can address it?



Thank you for reaching out to Dr. Galen. Please find the below response to your query.


1. Identification of Symptoms:

The symptoms you've described, including itchiness and a dandruff-like appearance on your baby's head, are indicative of cradle cap.

2. Recommended Treatment:

To address cradle cap, consider using coconut oil as a gentle remedy.

3. Application of Coconut Oil:

Apply coconut oil to the affected areas, allowing it to sit for a short period to soften the dandruff.

4. Gently Lift Scales:

Use a soft comb to gently lift off the softened scales during your baby's regular bathing routine.

5. Monitoring and Further Action:

Keep a close eye on the condition, and if the symptoms persist or worsen.




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