It was two days before our boys were getting their pictures done, and there it was: cradle cap on my little baby’s head. I picked at it. That didn’t make it any more attractive (and he didn’t really appreciate it). What was I going to do?

I called my pediatrician, and she uttered two magic words for treating cradle cap:


Yes, the dandruff shampoo made for adults will get rid of your baby’s cradle cap. I used it on my little guy once back in January, and have not seen a hint of cradle cap since. It worked better than combing, baby oil, or anything else I had tried on my oldest son when he was a baby. It was also less expensive than most solutions made specifically to treat cradle cap. You may already have it in your bathroom!

Some words of warning: you must be VERY VERY EXTREMELY CAREFUL not to get the shampoo in your baby’s eyes. It is definitely not “No More Tears” formula. Please also keep in mind that this is what MY pediatrician recommended for MY child. Please consult your doctor before trying this remedy, especially if your child has sensitive skin.

If you see this creeping crud on your baby’s head, don’t despair. First of all, it’s extremely common. It doesn’t mean you are dirty, or that you need to bathe your child more. Secondly, it’s easily treated if you choose to do so. And the most important thing to remember? Mild cradle cap doesn’t hurt your baby. If left alone, it will go away on it’s own. However, if you have family pictures coming up, or you just don’t like looking at it, give your doctor a call and find out if a little bottle of dandruff shampoo will solve your problem!