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Cradle cap is a scalp condition that happens in most babies. It’s generally a harmless condition that doesn’t cause pain, itching or discomfort. It appears within the first weeks to months of life and is rarely seen after 12 months of age in most babies.

The good news is that your baby’s cradle cap can be easily managed with simple at-home care. Apply petroleum jelly or mineral oil to your baby’s scalp to loosen scales, use a soft brush to gently remove scales, and, finally, wash your baby’s hair every day with a mild baby shampoo. If your baby’s cradle cap doesn’t improve with these measures, other products can be tried. Contact your healthcare provider to discuss your baby’s condition and treatment options.

Once cradle cap has cleared up, shampooing your baby’s hair with mild baby shampoo two or three times a week should prevent it from returning.

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