Cradle cap -- a harmless skin condition that leaves greasy yellow scales on a baby’s scalp and forehead -- is essentially infant dandruff. And just like the adult version, it’s caused by the skin’s reaction to the yeast organism that normally lives on the scalp and feeds on the natural sebum (oil) there. Since infants with cradle cap have all the right conditions for dandruff, they may very well be more susceptible to white flakes as adults -- but no studies have been done to prove it for sure. If your baby has cradle cap, gently rub in a little dandruff shampoo or petroleum jelly to help loosen and remove the scales.
Myth vs Fact: If your baby has cradle cap, it’s possible she may develop dandruff as an adult.
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Myth vs Fact: When it comes to dandruff control, shampooing is more important than conditioning.