Babies are quite fragile in the sense that they can be prone to a lot of different conditions. Although there are some serious ones; there are also those that are considered minor and is not a cause for concern at all. Cradle cap is one of them and in today’s article, I am going to talk about everything you need to know about the condition.
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What is Cradle Cap?
You might have just heard about the condition in this article, but it is actually a very common condition that is characterized by a greasy, yellowish, and scaly rash that may appear as patches on the scalps of newborns aged 1-3 months.
The condition is known is called a number of things, including honeycomb diseases, crusta laceal, pityriasis capitis, milk crust, and even infantile seborrheic dermatitis. Although this is a very common condition that affects newborns, it is actually not contagious and is not a direct reflection of how much you care for your baby.
Most of its characteristics are akin to dandruff and they seem to pop up in older children, they are commonly known as dandruff.
How is It Treated?
In mild cases of cradle cap, you rarely have to do anything as it may disappear without any intervention in a couple of months.
However, you can give your baby a gentle wash from time to time, making sure that you use a mild baby shampoo and by utilizing a delicate soft brush, comb your newborn’s hair gently to help loosen the scales. Once the noticeable scales disappear, you can just continue on with the normal washing process and can be repeated every few days to help prevent it from ever returning.
In most cases, the above-mentioned procedure should help remove the scales without any need for medical treatments. However, there are times where a simple bathing procedure will not suffice, in which case, you will have to consult with their pediatrician. Some of the things that may prescribe would be to use a much stronger shampoo or they may give you a special oil or lotion that you can place on the affected area to help soften the scaly patches.
It is important that if ever the pediatrician gives you a special oil that you have to use it before you use the shampoo as any oil that is left on your baby’s head could lead to the formation of new scales. In some circumstances, inflammation may occur in the affected area. If that is so, the doctor may prescribe some antibiotics or a cream that has a steroid as its active ingredient.
What Could Have Caused It?
It is not actually clear what really causes cradle cap, but there are some assumptions. The condition might be triggered by overactive sebaceous glands that may secrete too much sebum, leading to the formation of scaly patches.