Skin Spotlight: Cradle Cap

What is cradle cap?  

Cradle cap is a form of dermatitis that causes thick, yellow crusts on the scalp. It is thought to occur when the sebaceous (oil) glands in a baby's skin become enlarged and overactive (as a result of maternal hormones in the body after birth). It is a common condition that usually appears within the first 6 weeks after a baby is born. 

While it may look uncomfortable, cradle is not usually itchy and won't irritate your baby. 

How to treat cradle cap?  

Cradle cap will often disappear on its own after a few months; however you can help improve the look of it faster if you wish. Try rubbing a massage oil into the scalp to soften the skin. Leave to absorb overnight before gently washing hair and loosening the dead skin with a soft brush (a toothbrush works well - but be careful not to be too firm). 

We recommend using our Sleepy Time Bath & Massage Oil due to it containing lavender essential oil. Lavender oil has amazing antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, making it ideal for treating cradle cap.