If the cradle cap is confined to the scalp, you can treat it the following way:
- Wash daily with mild baby shampoo
- Softly brush hair to help remove the scales
- Stronger medicated shampoo (antiseborrhea shampoo with sulfur and salicylic acid) can be used if your pediatrician approves,
- After scales disappear, cut shampoos to twice weekly
For stubborn scaling and redness, your pediatrician may also recommend drugs such as cortisone lotions or creams. Call your pediatrician if the scaling and redness gets worse after home care, forms crusts, drains liquid, or becomes very red and painful.