Tips for Treating Your Baby’s Cradle Cap



Baby With Cradle Cap

You may think of stop giving shampoo to your baby as you see some scales and redness on the baby’s scalp. The redness may also be able to be found in the creases of neck, behind the ears and armpits. Then, this post will help you to know the overview of the cradle cap and how to treat your baby if your baby is already got this.

If the rash only occurs in the scalp, then it is called as the cradle cap. However, this may just a start and spread on the area like crease of neck, armpit and behind the ear, it even can be seen later in the face and diaper area. When this cradle cap is spread like that, the pediatricians will call this as the seborrheic dermatitis. This one is a noninfectious skin conditions that is common in baby which is in their first week. This occurrence disappears in a weeks or months. This one is different from contact dermatitis or eczema as this one is not even uncomfortable and itchy.

Even the doctors do not know for sure about the cause. Some doctors said that this could be influenced by mother hormonal during the pregnancy that stimulates the oil gland in the baby. The baby become so productive even over productive on the oil that make them suffers on redness and scales.

If the occurrence is only in the head, or the cradle cap,t give a homey treatment by yourself. You shouldn’t stop giving shampoo on your baby and keep giving a mild baby shampoo to the baby more frequent that you used to be. Soft brushing help removing the scales in the scalp. Antiseborrhea shampoo containing sulfur and salicylic acid in 2% can remove the scalp faster but be careful that this may cause irritation to your baby. You need to consult your pediatrician before performing the treatment.

In some case, using ointments or petroleum jelly is found to be beneficial by parents. However, baby oil surely not a recommended for this while so many parents use unperformed baby oil or mineral oil to remove the scales. As this scale is caused by overproduction of oil, adding more oil will cause more scales to be formed here, especially in the area of back of the head or called as fontanelle. Doctors may also recommend you a cortisone cream like the 1% hydrocortisone cream. When the condition is improved, you can avoid the other reoccurrence by frequent cleaning using baby shampoo in mild.

In some case other infection like the yeast infections is occurred on the affected skin. This infection most likely occurs in tcrease area than in the scalp. This will make the area look so red and itchy. The anti-yeast cream usually will be prescribed by the pediatrician at this rate. Well, what you need to know is that the seborrheic dermatitis is not a serious problem on your baby. This is not a condition that is happened because of poor of cleanliness. This will be improved and healed without leaving scars.

Source: healthychildren
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The information contained on this Web site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician. There may be variations in treatment that your pediatrician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.


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