Seborrheic Dermatitis also known as cradle cap is a common condition that affects the scalps of babies. It results in dry, flaky, scaly skin that can be yellow or brown in color. It can also affect the skin around the eyebrows, behind the ears and armpits. Cradle cap first appears in the first weeks of life and typically goes away around 12 months of age.
Although cradle cap is not contagious and shouldn’t bother your baby, there are a few things you can do to lessen the appearance of the flak, scaly skin. First try shampooing more frequently than you have been and gently rubbing baby’s head with your fingertips. Then use a soft bristle baby brush. If the scales still persist try applying a small amount of natural oil like olive oil or Josie Maran’s Argan oil, to your baby’s head for a few minutes before bath time. Then be sure to shampoo as mentioned above as leaving the oil on the baby’s skin can actually make the condition worse. Only try medicated shampoos after consulting with your doctor. Also consult your doctor if the scaly, flaky skin is found anywhere other than the scalp or if it becomes reddened and itchy.