As we all know, babies come into the world looking pink and flawless, but after a couple of weeks, skin problems commonly arise. Two common infant skin concerns are baby acne and cradle cap. While cradle cap is most common up to 6-12 months, some children can have cradle cap for years. If your baby has scaly patches on his scalp, it is most likely cradle cap. You don't have to worry about cradle cap affecting your child because it does not bother your baby in any way. Be assured that it will clear up over time, but if you really are bothered by it, there are some things that you can do to help it go away.
Wash your baby's hair with a gentle shampoo using a baby brush to give the scalp a gentle scrub (you probably got one at the hospital). If you don't have a baby brush, gently use your fingers to work at the cradle cap. Don't pick or scrub too hard or you could cause irritation. If that doesn't seem to do the trick, you can use baby oil to massage the scalp before washing. You can even use a baby exfoliator like MD Mom's Baby Silk Gentle Scalp Rub if you need a little extra help.
But just know that there is no need to fret over cradle cap. It is a very common condition in babies and in no way has to do with the frequency that you wash your baby's hair. Don't hesitate to mention it to your pediatrician at your child's next well-baby visit to get extra reassurance.