Cradle cap is the name given to flaky, yellowish patches of skin which occur on a babies scalp usually within the first three months of their lives. The cause is not fully understood but it usually clears by the time a child reaches two to three years of age. It may last just a few weeks or even a few months. It does not generally cause any discomfort for the baby. It can be a little distressing for parents though as it can be quite prominent visually and you feel you want to do something to help.
The treatment of cradle cap is relatively easy. It is important not to pick at the patches of flaky skin so that infection does not occur. NB DENTINOX currently unavailable – read about the supply problem by clicking HERE. ( I would recommend Dentinox shampoo – use half a teaspoonful of this as a shampoo on your babies scalp in place of their normal shampoo. I would recommend using it about twice a week until the skin clears, in my experience this works within a couple of weeks! You can then use it any time the skin condition starts to come back.) If you don’t find that Dentinox does the trick I would try Capasal therapeutic shampoo – I don’t recommend it as a first treatment option as it doesn’t smell great..! It contains cold tar, coconut oil and salicylic acid which really help to break down and soften scaly skin effectively.
This brush has been specially designed to treat cradle cap – it reduces and removes it which helps to maintain a happy healthy scalp! I advise to gently rub some oil or a product like uriage soin croutes de lait into the scalp gently after washing with something like capasal therapeutic shampoo or uriage gentle shampoo. Leave the oil in place for a couple of minutes – then gentle massage your babies head with the cradle cap brush in circular motions – then repeat the shampoo to wash away loosened cradle cap. You can do this daily until the cradle cap has cleared and then you can just use the brush to maintain a healthy scalp when washing hair.