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Tricks For Treating Cradle Cap

Tricks For Treating Cradle Cap

If your baby has cradle cap, you're familiar with the small flakes that can look similar to dandruff, or the more severe crusting brown and yellow patches on her head. These patches often look thick and scaly, and are stuck to the scalp in large clumps. Although cradle cap can look a bit alarming, it's painless and a very common condition that affect a number of babies. It most often appears a few weeks after birth, and lasts a few months.

Physicians aren't sure what causes cradle cap. Some doctors believe that it is caused by hormones during the mother's pregnancy that cause oil producing glands to become over stimulated. Although some people may think it's a result of improper washing or allergies, it's simply one of those common ailments that baby's experience during their first months. It can't be spread, and unless it gets severely dry and itchy, your baby isn't bothered at all. In rare cases, a baby may need to be referred to a skin specialist for further treatment.

There's not much a doctor can really do for cradle cap, and unless it's causing your baby discomfort or is very severe and spreading past the scalp, it can be treated at home. Usually, cradle cap is something that the infant must simply grow out of. If you do take your baby to the pediatrician about her cradle cap, he or she might give you a cortisone cream or recommend special seborrhea (dandruff) shampoo that's available over-the-counter. In most cases, however, your physician will advise more frequent washing and brushing.

Some parents find brushing their baby's scalp more often, and shampooing her hair helps with cradle cap. Just don't wash her scalp too frequently, as this has the opposite effect and causes more oil production. Two or three times every week with a baby shampoo is plenty to treat cradle cap. Never use a harsher soap on your baby in the hopes that it will eliminate cradle cap. Other parents might find rubbing olive oil or almond oil gently into her scalp is effective. Just don't leave it on for longer than 15 minutes gently brush out the flakes and then wash your baby's scalp. Take extra care to avoid baby's eyes and ears when you are using the oil.

If you have found a good remedy for your baby's cradle cap and the symptoms have disappeared, it usually won't come back. Although it can be stubborn to treat, once it disappears it is usually gone. Pediatricians consider it an extremely common infant ailment, and in a short time it will go away.


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