Cradle cap FAQs

August 1, 2018

What does cradle cap look like?

Cradle cap looks like dry, raised, scaly patches on the scalp that are yellowish or brownish in colour.

Does cradle cap hurt?

No it doesn't hurt at all. If it looks like your baby is in pain they may be suffering from a different dry skin condition like eczema in which case you should consult your doctor.

Why do babies get cradle cap?

Babies get cradle cap because their sebaceous glands (the tiny glands that secrete sebum from the scalp) haven't matured fully and are still adjusting to being outside of the womb and away from mum's hormones. 

Can cradle cap harm my baby?

Cradle cap will heal on its own even if left untreated. It won't harm your baby unless you try to pick at the scales and damage the scalp, which can make your little one more susceptible to skin infections and inflammation.

Is cradle cap itchy?

No cradle cap isn't itchy at all. 

Can babies get cradle cap on their faces?

Sort of. There are sebaceous glands on the face as well as the scalp and if they become enlarged they can produce more sebum and create shiny yellow bumps on the cheeks and forehead. Cradle cap can also appear on the neck, ears, behind the knees and even around the nappy area.

What can I do to get rid of cradle cap?

Apply a moisturising oil to your baby's scalp to soften the scales, allow them to loosen and then remove them with a soft comb. The mild formulation of Shea Mooti Baby's-Rub-a-Bye-Body & Scalp Oil is ideal because the hypoallergenic ingredients are gentle on delicate skin and are absorbed easily.

How long does it take for cradle cap to go away?

It can take anything from a day or two to a few weeks. Every baby is different so listen out for your little one's signals and simply continue to use our hydrating scalp oil for as long as you need to.


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