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Cradle-Cap Cure

Q. Is it true that olive oil can help clear up a baby's cradle cap?

A. Massaging 1 to 2 teaspoons of warm olive oil, vegetable oil, or baby oil onto your baby's scalp before bathtime, three to four times a week, can help soften and remove the greasy crusts associated with this common condition, according to Roselyn Epps, M.D., a pediatric dermatologist in Washington, D.C. "But you should wash it out promptly with a mild shampoo, and pat dry." Don't leave the oil on overnight, or more scales may build up. If your baby's cradle cap doesn't clear up within eight weeks, your pediatrician may prescribe a specially medicated shampoo.