What Is Cradle Cap?

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3. Home Treatments for Cradle Cap

In most cases, cradle cap resolves on its own, but several options are available for home treatment. These methods may help cradle cap go away faster and reduce some new parent anxiety. Since the crust may be hard to remove on its own, soften it with petroleum jelly or baby oil before bath time.

Wash your baby’s hair regularly, using a soft-bristled brush, rough washcloth or your fingers to massage the top of their head. Continue for up to five minutes. These steps can help loosen the flaky area faster.

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