Does your baby have eczema and cradle cap

Cradle cap

My baby Marcie does. The cradle cap developed the same time as her eczema rash, at about 2 weeks old. It’s greasy, yellow, crusty and difficult to scrape off. I applied olive oil onto the cradle cap, and combed it off when the crust soften. Cradle cap can develop above eyebrows and inside the ears too!

Cradle cap is caused by overactive oil glands and usually occur in infants. I was told by doctors that it’s related to eczema and can last up to 2 years old. Marcie still has it though no longer as pervasive. It’s itchy for her though and I do apply 0.05% steroid lotion when the scratching is really intense.

A few ways you can manage the cradle cap:

1. Use a cradle cap shampoo. I use it once a day for Marcie and realised that you have to massage the scalp quite firmly in order for it to be effective.

2. Brush baby’s hair and keep it short. I find that once Marcie’s hair is longer, she gets warm and somehow starts scratching. I’m not sure if it has anything to do with cradle cap, but I’m not choosing beauty hair over comfort.

3. The yellow flakes must be removed early. I learnt that the hard way by letting the cradle cap/flakes build up and when I wanted to remove the thick crust, lots of hair got removed along it. There’s some damage done and even after half a year, some parts of scalp still can’t grow hair. 🙁

4. Don’t forget to wash off the olive oil on baby’s scalp. I did that once cos I was too tired to shampoo Marcie after removing the cradle cap crust. It was a huge mistake cos somehow it got so itchy that she scratched her scalp so bad that night. (Update on 8 Jun – just read that olive oil contains oleic acid which some babies may be allergic to, may want to consider using virgin coconut oil)

Lastly, know that cradle cap will eventually go away in a few months time. So take a deep breath and not let the crust ruin your day.

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6 thoughts on “Does your baby have eczema and cradle cap

  1. My 6 week old daughter has just developed eczema and cadle cap and I am not copin with it at all. I fond myself crying at pictures of her that we took before this developed and wanting that baby back. I hate myself for feeling this way. I am also struggling with her trying to rub her face all the time. Please Please help!! xx

  2. Hi Gemma,

    Sorry to hear that you’re not coping well. Eczema is a chronic condition, so we have to be mentally prepared to manage our child’s eczema over a period of time. Do visit a specialist doctor, understand what triggers your child’s eczema (get a skin prick test) and it’d then be easier to manage the eczema. Take care.

  3. A quick update: My baby is 2 year old already, and we just switched her to Gaia Skin Natural Baby Shampoo. So far seems ok, but she still always scratched after shampooing, even if we use plain water. Still trying to find an answer to that.

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