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Cradle Cap

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Topic: Infant Health Care

This handout was written to answer some of the questions most often asked about cradle cap. Feel free to ask your doctor or nurse to go over any information you do not understand.

What is cradle cap?
Cradle cap is crusty or scaly flakes on the scalp of infants.  It does not hurt your child.  It is not contagious.

How is it treated?
Generally, cradle cap does not need to be treated as long as it doesn’t bother you or the baby. Sometimes it itches.

The gentlest treatment is to simply rub a small amount of baby oil or olive oil onto your baby's scalp. Wait several minutes for the oil to soften and loosen the scales and brush them away with a soft brush or a dry terry-cloth washcloth.
These measures may be needed, off and on, until your baby outgrows the condition. If the cradle cap does not respond to these treatments, be sure to inform your doctor.

How long does it last?
In most children, cradle cap is gone by 8 to 12 months and often long before this time period.

The information contained in this handout is for general information only and should not be considered complete.  For more information about cradle cap, please ask your nurse practitioner or doctor.

PDF: Child Health Information - CRADLE CAP

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Corregido: 2000, 2004, 2007

The information contained in this handout is for general information only and should not be considered complete. For specific information about bathing your baby, please ask your doctor or nurse practitioner.

Additional information may be located in the Family Resource Center, 2nd floor, near the Outpatient Surgery Center. Hours of the center vary; please contact the Family Resource Center at 937-641-3700.

Copyright(c) The Children's Medical Center of Dayton. This material is for educational purposes only. It cannot be reproduced or distributed without permission from Dayton Children's.
Revised: 2000, 2004, 2007


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