Cradle cap is simply dandruff of the scalp. It can look like flakes or a thick yellow crust. It occurs frequently in newborns, and may be due to the effects of circulating hormones from mom. It may not look pretty, but it is completely harmless, and usually resolves with in the first 12 months. Seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp in babies is treated with products that are not as strong as those used in adults. Gently brushing your baby’s scalp with a soft brush and using a non-medicated baby shampoo is a good start and can help loosen scales or flakes. If that doesn’t work, your baby may need a special medicated shampoo specially formulated for babies, and a mild topical cream.