My baby has some yellowish flakes on his scalp, what are these?

My baby has some yellowish flakes on his scalp, what are these?

Cradle cap, or seborrhoeic dermatitis, is a common condition among babies from 1 to 3 months old. Apart from lumps of small oily flakes or yellowish, thick scales adhering to the scalp to form a layer of scab, the skin may appear slightly red. It occurs in areas where there are lots of skin glands such as the head, forehead, cheeks, face, eyebrows, ears, armpits, abdomen and folds between the thighs.

What should I be aware of when bathing my baby?

You should clean your baby with water, the use of soap or bathing gel is not advised. Apply moisturizing cream every time after cleaning to keep the skin moist. For thick scales on the scalp, apply olive oil and leave it for 20 minutes to soften them, and then wipe the scales off gently with cotton swabs. Shampoo the baby’s hair and use a comb to clear the patches adhered to the hair.

When will it disappear?

Most of the babies will get better at around 6 months old, but some of them may have infantile eczema at around 3 to 4 months old. So you should continue to have good skin care of your baby. If you want to know more about infantile eczema, you can listen to its related information.