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Health Tip: Treating Cradle Cap

Scaliness and redness on a baby's scalp

(HealthDay News) -- Red, scaly skin on a new baby's scalp could be seborrheic dermatitis, also called cradle cap.

The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests how to help clear baby's flaky scalp:

  • Wash baby's hair with a mild shampoo, and gently scrub the scalp.
  • If your pediatrician says it's OK, use a medicated shampoo.
  • Use a soft brush to gently brush baby's hair and remove scales from the scalp.
  • Apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly to the head. Avoid baby oil, which isn't effective for this purpose.
  • Use 1 percent hydrocortisone cream on baby's scalp, if your pediatrician recommends it.
  • Shampoo regularly to help prevent cradle cap from coming back.
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