What is Cradle Cap?
- Cradle cap is a skin condition found on a baby’s scalp (a type of seborrheic dermatitis) that commonly affects babies for the first few months of life.
- Sometimes cradle cap lasts longer and occasionally even adults can get it.
- Unlike other forms of dermatitis, cradle cap is not itchy.
How To Recognize Cradle Cap?
- Baby’s scalp can have a yellow dry skin with a crusty or a flaky appearance and no other symptoms such as fever.
- Sometimes cradle cap presents with redness or a ‘greasy’ look.
- Cradle cap may also appear on eyebrows and behind the ears.
What Causes Cradle Cap?
- Cradle cap is an oily rather than a dry skin problem.
- Glands in the scalp that produce a substance that oils and waterproofs the skin may be overactive.
- Babies may have high levels of certain hormones in their bodies after birth, which react with the glands, making surplus oil.
- There may be a genetic element involved as babies who get cradle cap often have family members with dermatitis, eczema or asthma.
Prevention and Treatment for Cradle Cap
- Generally the cradle cap clears up by itself after a few months, but you can help treat it by using the Little Innoscents Nourishing Oil.
- Apply the oil directly to the scalp and leave it for several hours or overnight.
- Wipe the area with a washcloth and rinse well when bathing the baby, and then comb your baby’s hair with a soft brush.
- Repeat the process as needed and within a few applications the cradle cap will be gone.
- Although cradle cap is unsightly, it is usually harmless.
- On rare occasions, it is possible for an infection to occur underneath cradle cap, which is indicated by very red skin and blisters which may weep.
- See your healthcare practitioner if the cradle cap seems to worsen significantly or if scaly patches spread to other parts of the body.
- Babies who develop cradle cap may be prone to other types of seborrheic dermatitis such as dandruff when they are older.