As a new mother everyone was filling my head with advice and also crazy stories. If being a new mother wasn’t overwhelming enough, these stories weren’t helpful. My best advice to new moms out there, you just have to experience it on your own to know. Now, I’m a mother of two and there have been a lot of things that has happened to my children but one in particular that I did find out on my own was the time where my first born developed a rash all over her face. I was mortified. I was a new mother and with all the advice I had received, there was no advice they gave me for this.

What is Cradle Cap?

Seborrheic dermatitis is a condition that can occur in infants during the first few months of life. The common name for this skin affliction is cradle cap. A condition where white or yellow flakes are on the scalp. If severe it can spread to the face. However, scientists believe it may be due to over production of oil and a yeast called malessizia. When your baby’s scalp develops that dry, flaky appearance associated with cradle cap, you may find the condition migrates down around the ears and onto the face. Facial cradle cap requires a different treatment than you might use for the scalp. The good news is that as your child grows the flakes will lessen, and the condition will disappear.


Since cradle cap isn’t contagious, itchy or painful there isn’t any need for harsh measures to get rid of it. Here are some ways to get rid of cradle cap.

  1. Use baby shampoo and a gentle brush – Lather the shampoo and use the gentle brush to loosen the scales.
  2. Baby oil or olive oil – This is an alternative method. Take the oil and gently rub it into the baby’s scalp. let it sit on the affected area for about 15 minutes. After use a gentle brush to remove the flakes. Wash the oil away with baby shampoo after you’re done.
  3. Treat the condition on the scalp. However, if cradle cap is indeed the result of a yeast infection, you must treat all affected areas to improve the condition.

When to seek medical advice

Some times home remedies just don’t cut it. If the affected area looks infected, isn’t clearing up, or seems to be spreading after a few weeks, contact your pediatrician right away. The Pediatrician can either prescribe a medicated shampoo that contains 2 percent ketoconazole or instruct you to use an over-the-counter dandruff shampoo. If your child looses large amounts of hair, contact your pediatrician.