Our Mommy MD Guide’s reply: All three of my sons got a little cradle cap. I tried to prevent is by gently brushing their hair with soft baby brushes and baby shampoo in the tub – but only do submersion baths after the umbilical cord stump has fallen off. I’d shampoo my babies’ hair, really froth up the bubbles, and then gently scrub their scalps.
Cradle cap is a collection of old, dead skin cells and secretions. I was able to treat it and prevent it from building up and looking really bad!
—Amy Thompson, MD, a mom of four- and two-years-old and nine-month-old sons and an ob-gyn at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, in Cincinnati, OH