By Dr. Eddie Valenzuela

Have you noticed yellow, crusty patches of skin developing on your baby’s scalp? These are traditional symptoms associated with “cradle cap,” a condition that affects many babies and toddlers. While “cradle cap” is generally considered harmless, if left untreated, more flakes and scale and redness can occur and could make your baby uncomfortable. When speaking to your pediatrician’s office about this issue, you may hear them refer to cradle cap as “seborrheic dermatitis.” This is the medical term for this condition.

Thankfully, managing symptoms of baby seborrheic dermatitis is easy with Dr. Eddie’s Happy Cappy Medicated Shampoo and Body Wash, the only medicated shampoo that is specially formulated for children of all ages.

What is Cradle Cap?

Cradle cap is a very common skin condition that affects up to 42% of babies and children before the age of 6. In adults, you can think of seborrheic dermatitis as a severe case of dandruff, causing itchy, irritated, and flaking skin.

Despite its appearance, most of the time, cradle cap doesn’t generally cause your baby any distress and is not itchy or painful. Still, it is best to manage the symptoms with a medicated shampoo for baby cradle cap to avoid complications.

The most common symptoms of cradle cap include:

  • Yellow, crusty patches of skin
  • Flaking of the skin
  • Redness of the skin
  • Scaling of skin
  • Increased oil production
  • Dryness

Symptoms traditionally appear along the top of the head, reaching from the top of the eyebrows across the scalp (like a cap). It is common to also see symptoms along the back of the ears, in the neck folds, in the arm pits, and in the folds of the diaper area. If you are unsure whether or not your baby has cradle cap or another underlying condition, you should see your doctor for a diagnosis.

What Causes Cradle Cap?

There is a significant connection between cradle cap symptoms and Malassezia yeast. The same relationship with the yeast also pertains to adult dandruff and adult seborrheic dermatitis. While Malassezia yeast can be found on almost every human head, when it is coupled with hormonal changes that occur at different times in a person’s life, the skin can react with symptoms of cradle cap. Therefore, to ease the symptoms of cradle cap and lessen the chance of future outbreaks, doctors will usually suggest using a medicated shampoo for cradle cap that contains pyrithione zinc.

Pyrithione zinc has antifungal properties that is entirely safe to apply to your baby’s head and body. When choosing a cradle cap shampoo, it is important to pay attention to other ingredients and avoid purchasing products that may have fragrances or other harsh elements that can further irritate your baby’s sensitive scalp.

Additionally, avoid exposing your baby to harsh detergents, keep moist areas like skin folds and the diaper area dry, and apply irritant free moisturizing cream as needed. You can also try to brush away flakes using a soft brush or toothbrush—never pick!

Some parents like to apply natural oils to make for easier removal of flakes. Some pediatricians think these oils can make things worse.

Baby Shampoo for Cradle Cap

While cradle cap and adult dandruff may have the same root cause, the solutions for relieving symptoms differ. Parents should avoid using an adult shampoo on a baby. Many adult washes will contain the pyrithione zinc needed to ward off the Malassezia yeast, but they also contain harsh ingredients that can further irritate your baby’s sensitive scalp or may even be considered dangerous when absorbed through the skin.

Instead, use a seborrheic dermatitis body wash and shampoo that is specifically designed for babies and children of all ages. Dr. Eddie’s Happy Cappy Medicated Shampoo and Body Wash is a 95% natural shampoo that is free of potentially irritating components found in other washes, like parabens, fragrances, alcohol, sulfates, dyes, and other synthetic ingredients.

What it does contain is active ingredient pyrithione zinc (0.95%) to manage even the toughest cases of scalp and eyebrow flaking along with licorice root extract to naturally soothe redness. Many parents notice results in as little as two washes.

Our baby shampoo for children with seborrheic dermatitis is the first and only shampoo that was specially formulated to alleviate flaking and irritation for kids of all ages. It is a safe, effective alternative that can help your baby’s scalp get back to normal.

You can find Happy Cappy products on Amazon,,, select Walgreen’s and in Buy Buy Baby stores nationwide.

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