Some newborns’ body functions need some time to settle down properly. The sebaceous glands of the scalp often produce too much sebum in the first weeks of life. This can lead to a yellowish scaly layer - so-called cradle cap. If you know how, you can remove the cradle cap with a little baby care.
To loosen the crusts, you should rub your baby's scalp lightly with unscented baby oil and leave it on overnight. The next morning you can carefully remove the scales with a comb to remove the cradle cap from. Loose scales and oil residues can be carefully washed off with clear water and, if necessary, with a mild baby shampoo. However, cradle care is nothing to worry about for the time being: In most cases it is not medically necessary for it to be removed.
Important: You should take care not to confuse cradle cap with so-called atopic dermatitis. This manifests itself by itching or wetting of the scalp. atopic dermatitis should not be removed by yourself. You should preferably consult a paediatrician, who will explain the further procedure to you.
In general, with regard to hygiene for your baby, you should not overdo it as newborns are more sensitive to external influences. Just stay relaxed and calm. As soon as you become nervous, this will also affect your baby. Especially with the first child, these tasks can make young parents nervous, however, you will notice that a self-confident routine will develop within a short period of time.