Cradle cap is a skin condition affecting newborn babies which normally clears once they've reached three to four months old. Also known as seborrheic dermatitis, cradle cap appears as a yellow crust on your baby's scalp and can spread to their torsos too. While it looks worrying and uncomfortable, you can take a deep breath because it's not bothering your little bub. It occurs as a build-up of dead skin over the scalp due to an active sebaceous (oil) gland at birth, which causes inflammation.

Redness, inflamed skin, oiliness, and yellow flakes or crusts on the scalp are all signs that your newborn has cradle cap. While this condition does not need to be treated and usually clears up on its own, there are ways give it an extra push to improvement.

Massage your baby's head with olive oil each night and wash their hair the next morning. Brushing their wet hair with a soft brush will slowly lift the crusts and rid them from a flaky scalp. Cradle cap could reappear if their oil gland is still in action, but if the dermatitis continues after six to twelve months or your baby's scalp is extremely itchy, it may be a sign of eczema or psoriasis and may need different attention.

If the condition does not improve, or if your baby seems irritated by it, speak to your family doctor about treatments.