Cradle Cap |  When to Worry | Parents

Cradle Cap | When to Worry | Parents


If your baby has scaly, yellowish patches
on his head that look like dandruff, it’s most likely cradle cap. Cradle cap or infantile
seborrhoeic dermatitis is extremely common. It usually appears on the scalp, but may also
show up on your baby’s face, eyebrows, behind the ears, or on the back or upper chest. The
exact cause is unknown, but it’s believed to be caused by overactive oil glands stimulated
by mom’s leftover hormones. Luckily, cradle cap doesn’t seem to bother most babies, and
it usually goes away on its own. You can speed up that process with these easy steps: rubbing
some oil. Before bath time, massage some baby oil or olive oil on to your little one’s head
to loosen the dry patches. Before shampooing, allow it to sit for a bit, so it can soak
up the oil. Brush away the flakes. Use a soft- brush comb or dry wash cloth to wipe away
the scales. And then, shampoo as usual. Use the brush again after she’s dry to remove
the scales that didn’t come out before the bath. Consult a doctor. If her cradle cap
seems to be getting worse or your baby looks uncomfortable from it, talk to your pediatrician.
He might prescribe a special shampoo or ointment to get rid of it. And in case you’re wondering,
having cradle cap won’t set your little one up for a lifetime of dandruff. It almost always
clears up by the first birthday.

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