What is Cradle Cap?
Cradle cap (or seborrheic dermatitis, as it is known medically) is a condition that causes a red, scaly, itchy rash on the scalp. It’s not totally clear what causes cradle cap, but a yeast-like or fungal organism may be involved. It usually clears by itself by 8 to 12 months of age.
How is Cradle Cap treated?
Mild cases can be treated with a baby shampoo gently shampooing the scalp to remove some of the scales. You can also use a soft brush while shampooing or after putting some mineral oil on the scalp to lift the scales. Do not rub hard as you may exacerbate the problem.If the condition is widespread or severe, parents should ask their pediatrician or a dermatologist to recommend an antiseborrheic shampoo, as well as corticosteroid, sulfur, and sulfacetamide and/or antifungal products depending on how the rash looks.
Frequently Asked Questions
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Cradle cap is a common type of dermatitis that affects babies’ skin. In some cases, you may be able to get rid of cradle cap by washing your baby’s hair with chemical-free and tear-free shampoo. However, consulting with a dermatologist is the best way to find a solution quickly.
Cradle cap can be gently brushed off after washing your baby’s hair with gentle, non-chemical products. However, you should not pick off the scales by hand. A certified dermatologist can remove the cradle cap and provide a solution that keeps your baby comfortable and happy.
If not treated properly or left unattended, cradle cap can get worse and produce temporary hair loss. Even though it is not permanent, it is important to prevent it from getting to this stage as it can eventually produce visible symptoms that could disrupt your baby’s comfort levels.
In most cases, cradle cap will recede naturally once your baby reaches 6 to 12 months of age. However, it is important to monitor how it develops and consult with a dermatologist if the symptoms persist past this stage.
Despite the fact that the scaly rash can be removed, cradle cap may return a few months after treatment. Cradle cap remedies only target the symptoms. As a result, there is a chance that the hyperactive sebaceous glands that produce the condition in the first place produce symptoms a second time. If these persist, make sure to consult with a dermatologist in order to implement the correct treatment plan.