Newborn Baby's Scalp | Pediatrics East

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Baby's Scalp

Care of Baby's Scalp

It is normal for newborns to have white dandruff-like flakes on their scalps. The flakes are old skin being shed and is not a dry scalp condition. Do not use oils, lotions, or Vaseline. This will only paste the flakes to the scalp and make the condition worse.

Thick yellowish scales are called cradle cap, a very common condition in infants. It, too, is associated with old, dead skin and is only made worse by oils and lotions. You can treat cradle cap by removing scales with a soft brush and washing with a dandruff shampoo, such as Sebulex, daily for one to two weeks. If the condition persists, gets red and irritated or spreads, see your physician.

A newborn baby’s head appears large in proportion to the rest of his body. The suture lines or spaces between the skull bones may feel very wide, or they may override, causing ridges. There are two soft spots—one on the top of the head near the forehead, and one near the back and middle of the skull. These allow for brain growth. Don’t be afraid of the soft spots. You can touch, comb, and shampoo these areas with no danger to the baby.