Cradle Cap: What is it and How to Treat Tt

Cradle Cap: What is it and How to Treat Tt

Cradle cap is also known as seborrheic dermatitis. The American Academy of Dermatology defined it as scaly, greasy patches form on the baby’s scalp. These patches can get thicker and crustier, however, it’s not harmful. Cradle cap can get in their diaper area. When it comes in the diaper area, it can be confused with diaper rash, as it appears as red rashes too.

Unlike adults, Cradle cap in babies usually recovers on its own within months. regardless of the affected area, it tends to go away on its own anywhere from 6 to 12 months old. On the other hand, when it comes to adults, it’s long lasting and comes and goes depending on factors like weather and stress.


Why Cradle Cap Occurs?

It’s called seborrheic dermatitis. It occurs where there is the greatest number of sebaceous glands that produce oils.

Cradle cap is one of the most common skin conditions among newborns. It appears in the first few weeks. Later, it disappears gradually over the course of weeks or months.

There’s no particular known reason why it takes place. Some pediatricians noticed that mother’s hormonal changes are the reason to lay the blame on.


How to Treat Cradle Cap?

Shampoo his hair

Wash your little one’s hair on a daily basis with shampoo. Don’t peel off the scales, but soft brush it. To loosen the scales more quickly.

Some shampoos can be irritating. Therefore, use a baby shampoo that is designed for sensitive skin. Some products out there are designed for sensitive skin and can be used even with psoriasis and eczema.


Avoid using baby oil

Some parents use baby oil that is free from fragrance thinking that it softens the scales. In fact, it increases the scales build up on the scalp.


Consult your pediatrician

A pediatrician may prescribe cortisone cream or lotion. This allows to accelerating the recovery along with more frequent washing.


In brief, cradle cap is not a serious condition. It’s common among babies and goes away on its own within months. However, by following the previous steps you can get rid of it faster. 


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Seborrheic dermatitis - The American Association of Dermatitis.

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