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Infants and Cradle Cap - Signs, Symptoms And What To Do

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  • Cradle cap is also known as:
    • Infantile/Neonatal Seborrhoeic Dermatitis
    • Crusta Lactea; Milk Crust
    • Honeycomb Disease
  • Cradle cap is a non-itchy, oily, yellow, crusty, scaly skin rash that occurs on the scalp of babies.
  • Rash may not only appear on the scalp but also behind the ears, in creases of the neck, arms, face, and diaper area.
  • This condition is very common in newborns.
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  • It can resemble eczema with the exception that cradle cap is not itchy.
  • The actual causes of cradle cap are unknown. Some potential causes include:
    • Maternal hormones which can over stimulate baby’s oil glands.
    • May be a form of a yeast infection.
  • Treatment:
    • Shampoo baby’s hair more frequently and then use a soft brush or washcloth to try and brush off the scales.
    • Rub in a little baby oil, mineral oil or olive oil into your baby's scalp and leave it on for several minutes to soften the scales. Then brush off the scales with a soft brush or washcloth, shampoo, and rinse completely.
    • For severe cradle cap, your pediatrician may recommend more extensive treatments.
  • Cradle cap tends to clears up by the time the child is 12 months old.

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