The oily or crusty patches on baby's head is called Cradle Cap.
How to avoid a Cradle Cap?
Irrespective of the climate or weather of the place where you live, do ensure that you give head bath to baby every day or at least on alternative days.
Apply oil every day followed by bath using a mild baby shampoo.Parents are hesitant to give head bath thinking baby could catch cold. But thats a myth.
Washing their hair every day gives them good sleep.
Always use a dry towel to dry baby’s head.
How to treat an existing Cradle Cap?
Incase your baby already has a Cradle Cap then follow these steps:
Start applying oil and give head bath everyday
Mix 1/2 cup( savlon cap) of savlon in 1 mug of warm water and with the use of cotton gently massage and clean the cradle cap by dipping it in savlon water. Do it gently and not more than 2 or 3 minutes.
If your baby is above 6 months and has had his or her fontanels are already closed then apply oil and comb with soft brush everyday. The patch will come out.
Make sure to change and clean their pillow covers regularly.
Cradle Cap is non-contagious and more like dandruff. This is neither a concern nor a worry. I could just get itchy and look ugly. But a good care can absolutely help get rid of it.