What is Cradle Cap and How Do I Fix It?

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Of all the things I thought my twin girls would inherit from me, cradle cap was not on my list. Even as an adult, I sometimes tangle with dry scalp issues thanks to dry Kansas winters and occasional stress. So when I looked at my newborn girls and saw the yellow tinted, large scales on the tops of their heads I knew I had to get a handle on it fast.

Cradle cap is a yellowish, patchy, greasy, scaly and crusty skin rash that occurs on the scalp of recently born babies. According to a Babycenter.com, while the cause of cradle cap is unknown, it is completely harmless and very common. Parents might notice the scaly condition in other parts of their child’s body, like eyebrows, around the ears, or in other body creases like armpits. This condition does not indicate allergies or lack of hygienic care of a child, so new parents can cross that off the guilt list. The condition is easily fixed at home and rarely needs prescription-strength fixes. Cradle cap is usually only a problem for 6 months to a year.

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