Childhood Diseases

Updated 17 March 2016

Preventing cradle cap

Baby’s got a flaky scalp? Here’s how to spot cradle cap and how to get rid of it.


Once the condition has improved, cradle cap can be prevented by frequent hair washing with a mild baby shampoo.

Occasionally, a stronger medicated shampoo may be needed, but only on the advice of a doctor.


Secondary bacterial or yeast infections, which fortunately are very rare in infants.

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How to treat cradle cap

How cradle cap is diagnosed

The causes of cradle cap

Reviewed by Dr Rowan Dunkley, Paediatrician, Red Cross Children’s Hospital, Cape Town February 2015.

Previously reviewed by Prof Eugene Weinberg, Paediatrician, February 


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Prof Eugene Weinberg worked in the Paediatrics Department of the Red Cross Children’s Hospital for many years. He is presently a paediatric allergist at the Allergy Diagnostic Unit of the UCT Lung Institute in Mowbray.

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