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Cradle Cap

Cradle Cap Tips

Cradle cap can be one of those common and frustrating conditions that parents deal with. Yellow scales on a baby’s head is welcomed by no one. Fortunately, it is quite simple to treat.


What is Cradle Cap?

Otherwise known as baby dandruff, dermatitis or seborrheic, cradle cap is a condition characterized by greasy or dry scales most commonly affecting the scalp of children up to age 3 however can sometimes be present on older children. It can be a chronic, recurring condition caused by inflammation of skin glands or birthing hormones and is a result of too much oil on the scalp. It is not contagious, not dangerous, not an allergy and not caused by poor hygiene. Cradle cap may be itchy and if scratched, may cause additional inflammation and if skin is broken, may bleed and cause mild infections.


There are a few treatment options:

  1. Massage baby’s scalp with fingers or a soft brush to loosen the scales which improves scalp circulation.
  2. Shampoo your child’s head daily using a mild soap like Beaners Renu 1 Cradle Cap Shampoo when scales are present. After scales have disappeared, you may reduce shampoos to twice weekly.
  3. As you shampoo, use a baby comb to gently lift the scales out of the hair.
  4. Rinse off all soap using clean water from the tap, not the bath water.
  5. For more severe cases of cradle cap, or if scales do not easily loosen and wash away, apply a small amount of some light weight oil such as coconut oil to the baby’s scalp prior to shampooing. Wrap warm, wet cloths around their head for up to an hour prior to shampooing. Then shampoo as above. Be reminded to check the temperature of the cloths prior to wrapping the head in case it is hot. As well, monitor the cloth as it cools as it could reduce your baby’s core temperature and replace with warm cloths as needed.

If scales persist or if your child develops an infection, please contact your heath care provider. The information provided herein should not be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions.

Hair Care Tips


Pony Tail(s) and Braid(s): These are very popular with girls and Mom's. They're easy to do and they keep hair out of the child's face. However, wearing these styles can also damage your child delicate hair. Elastics that are not coated or 'ouchless' are made from rubber that will pull and break the hair shafts. When you put hair in a pony tail(s) or braid(s) try to use a coated rubberband, soft knit pony "O"s, or a soft cloth hair scrunchie. Try not to use clips or bows too often as they tend to break and crease the hair.

Hair Trends

Back to School Hair Trends- Help your kids stand out amongst the others!

It is never too early to start thinking about your next hair style. Fall hairstyles are usually a bit more formal and reserved while still being fun and trendy. The key to a great fall look is not to make any abrupt changes… Unless this is something that you are looking to achieve. Adding layers or bangs is a great way to make an old style new again for the changing season.

Characteristics of fall hair styles include:
  • Sophistication: With fall comes the end of the fiscal year, a time for reorganizations, promotions, and other corporate machinations. At the same time, it’s the beginning of school, when students want to make a great impression on their teachers as well as their peers. Sophisticated styles portray confidence and maturity and help children identify their individuality.
  • Ease of Styling: After a summer of play, children, teens and adults alike need a style that can be easily managed in minimal time. Kids haircuts need to be simple and easy to maintain.

  • Kid’s haircuts also help them to develop their personality as they become aware of their looks and also teaches them to take care of their personal
    health, hair and skin at an early age.

    The latest growing trend for kid’s hairstyles is towards having kids with a modern look while wearing a hairstyle that is easy to manage.

    Fall is the time to add some health and vitality back into your hair. Cut off that damaged summer hair and add life to yours or your child’s look.

    For boys you can give them a spiky or longer messy looking haircut with nicely cleaned up edges but will need to invest in some pomade, wax or a styling gel to aid in easy styling.

    Girls that wish to have longer hair need a haircut that can be easily donned into a pony tail or braid. Unless the hair can be easily tie into a neat pony tail, kids will tend to look messy all the times.

    A Bob haircut is a preferred choice for little girls. Similarly pixie haircuts are equally good with little girls who cannot manage their own hair.

    Fun styling tips:  Don’t worry about blow drying this hairstyle flat or straight. Let it dry naturally or tousle while blow drying for a textured effect. You can finish the look off with wax for a piecey look or just leave as is.

    If your child has curly hair, opt for longer hair that can be placed in a single or multiple ponytails if need be. Layers may also help with combing. Such hairstyles for girls look good with frills, bows, pins, rubber bands.

    If your girl is a little grown up, she can have bangs with a blunt cut in the back. The length will depend on the child’s facial features.

    Trust your stylist’s advice about fall styles, and work with them to develop a personalized look to maximize the hair’s best impression. Not every hair style needs to be changed radically to work well in a new season.

    Whether you’re interested in a back-to-school look or just want to change your style as the leaves change their colors, fall hair styles are a great way to update your look while keeping up with seasonal trends.