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Cradle cap is a common scalp condition which may be seen on a young baby’s scalp. It consists of non-itchy greasy yellow or brown scales, which sometimes flake and become red.

It is harmless and often clears up on its own after a few weeks or months.

It is advisable not to pick off the scales as this can sometimes lead to infection. Gentle massaging the scalp with a natural oil such as olive oil onto the scalp and leaving it over night will help to loosen the scales. Any loose scales can be removed the next day using a soft baby brush or soft cloth. If this does not help, over the counter shampoos are available from pharmacies.

If the cradle cap does not settle or becomes red and inflamed or itchy seek medical advice.

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