Dandruff, Cradle Cap, and Other Scalp Conditions


The skin on the top of your head refers to a scalp. On the scalp, hair develops unless there is hair loss. Your scalp may experience various skin issues. Yellow scales and a rash appear on your baby’s head as a result of the typical, painless skin disease known as cradle cap. A flake of skin is dandruff. The flakes are either white or golden. Your scalp could itch if you have dandruff. Babies with dry scalps may potentially be suffering from underlying skin conditions like eczema or seborrheic dermatitis.


A dry scalp might also result from dandruff. In contrast to cradle cap, which is more typically seen, dandruff is white, dry, and occasionally irritating. Dandruff may run in families. If you have dry skin, it’s possible that your child will as well.

Dandruff does not develop as a result of overwashing your baby’s skin. However, if your child has this issue, you might wish to clean their scalp less frequently. To stop dryness from growing worse, wash every other day rather than every day.

Additionally, dry air and low humidity might make dandruff worse. Your infant may experience a dry scalp as a result of allergies; however, this is less typical. Allergies may be the cause of a red, itchy rash that appears along with the dry scalp.

Cradle Cap

Your baby’s scalp may develop yellow or white scaly patches due to the harmless skin disease referred to as cradle cap. There may be a rash around the scales, which are oily or flaky. You can relax knowing that your infant is safe and comfortable.

Your baby’s health will not be harmed by the cradle cap, and it will not interfere with their ability to feed or sleep. Your infant does not experience any itching or pain from it. Also, it often goes away in a few weeks or months. Most newborns get cradle cap at some time in their lives, and it is fairly common.

The majority of cradle cap instances are moderate. Most likely, your kid would not require any care, and the ailment will improve on its own. If you have any worries or inquiries regarding your baby’s condition, you can speak with your pediatrician.

Treatment for Dandruff, Cradle Cap, & Other Scalp Conditions

Modify Your Shampooing Routine

Shampooing your hair not only helps get rid of excess oil and grime from the scalp but also from the delicate strands. The number of times you cleanse your scalp might change depending on how it is feeling.

Daily washing for the cradle cap might assist in getting rid of oil and release the flakes on your scalp. Shampooing every other day may help with all other reasons for excessive dryness on the scalp.

Utilise Medicinal Shampoo

You could wish to try an over-the-counter medicated shampoo if altering the frequency of shampooing does not work. Choose one that is specially designed for infants. Look for anti-dandruff shampoos that include pyrithione zinc or selenium sulphide for dandruff and eczema.

Stronger anti-dandruff shampoos, such as ones containing tar or salicylic acid, may be necessary for more difficult cradle cap patches. Which shampoo is the best may be determined by your physician or chemist.

Try Mineral Oil

Mineral oil, sometimes known as “baby oil,” is considered to help release stuck-on flakes that have been left on the scalp and lessen cradle cap symptoms. Mineral oil hasn’t been shown to be effective, despite being a widely used home treatment.

If you decide to use mineral oil on the baby, rub it lightly into his or her scalp before shampooing. Use a comb to loosen the flakes on the scalp for further benefits. Before washing off, let the oil sit in place for a few minutes. For cradle cap, continue this procedure before every shampooing session.

You may lower the frequency when the flakes start to get better. Making sure you thoroughly wash away all of the oil is crucial. You might also apply a little oil overnight. Then wash your baby’s head the next morning.

Olive Oil for Massaging

You could think about massaging your baby’s scalp with olive oil rather than mineral oil if they have dandruff or eczema. Apply the same method as before, and be sure to rinse well.

Utilise a Hydrocortisone Cream

It is possible to get hydrocortisone cream over the counter. It could aid in reducing itching, irritation, and redness. While it may relieve scalp eczema, cradle cap or generalized dandruff accumulation may not benefit.

Consult your baby’s pediatrician before attempting this technique. If used moderately and temporarily, hydrocortisone cream is typically safe for babies. In the event that dryness arises due to eczema, hydrocortisone cream may help symptoms within a week.


It could take a few weeks to get rid of the dryness, depending on the source. Within a week of therapy, if you do not see any changes at all, it could be appropriate to have a pediatrician examine your baby’s scalp. It is common and curable at home for babies to have dry scalps. The cradle cap is typically the underlying factor. Other probable reasons include allergies, eczema, & dandruff.