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Cradle cap is characterized by scaly patches on a baby's skin, and while it may look alarming, it’s good to know that it's not contagious, isn't itchy or painful, and can be easily treated.
In this blog, we'll explore the causes, symptoms, and treatments of cradle cap, so you can better understand it and care for your little one.
Cradle cap usually affects babies in the first three months of their life.
Although it usually appears on the scalp, cradle cap can also appear on a baby's face (nose, eyebrows, eyelids), ears, neck, underarms, knees, and nappy area. If your baby gets cradle cap in their nappy area, it can help to keep the area as clean and dry as possible.
Cradle cap is harmless and usually goes away on its own, but there are things you can do to make it better at home. You can try the following steps to help treat it, but remember to be patient, cradle cap can sometimes take a few weeks or months to clear up. Don’t worry if some of your baby's hair comes away with the crusts, it will soon grow back.
There are a few things that should be avoided when it comes to baby cradle cap, these include:
It's important to note that while cradle cap is rarely cause for concern, as with any health or medical conditions, there does come a time when medical assistance might be needed.
You should seek medical assistance from your doctor for your baby's cradle cap if:
If you notice any of these signs, it is best to consult with a healthcare professional as soon as possible. They will be able to determine the best course of action for your baby's specific situation. If the cradle cap is inflamed or infected, they may prescribe a specialist steroid cream to help treat it.
The best ways to prevent cradle cap are regularly washing your baby's hair with a specially designed baby shampoo, gently brushing their scalp, and making sure that all traces of shampoo, soap, or cleansers are rinsed off your baby after bathtime.
Cradle cap is known medically as seborrhoeic dermatitis. The exact cause of it is not known, but it’s thought that many factors including the presence of Malassezia yeasts and immune response are associated with its development.
Cradle cap can look like white, yellow, or red patches of greasy, scaly, skin, or small, dry flakes like dandruff.
Cradle cap typically goes away on its own within a few weeks or months. However, it's always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your baby's health and trust your parenting instincts. If you have any concerns, it's best to consult with a healthcare professional to determine the best course of action.
You can take measures to gradually treat cradle cap at home, but you should never pick or scratch it. When it comes to cradle cap, it's best to be patient and remember that although it looks uncomfortable, it’s not likely to harm your baby.
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