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Cradle Cap


Cradle cap is a harmless rash on the scalp or around the ears, eyebrows or eyelids in infants over 2 months old.

The cause is not known but one of the possibilities is:

  • Overactive sebaceous glands of the newborn due to presence of mother’s hormones in its blood.


  • Yellowish, greasy rash
  • Scaling and crusting
  • Non itchy
  • Non painful

It does not require treatment and gets cured with time. It can be managed by:

  • Oiling the scalp overnight
  • Followed by gently brushing off the scales
  • Finally shampooing with a mild baby shampoo