Updated 29 March 2018

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