Cradle cap is a common skin condition of newborns. It’s cause by overactive oil glands in the scalp. It’s harmless and will go away on its own, but I takes time. It’s really important to not pick at it as this could cause an infection. Instead, carefully use a baby brush/comb during bath time to help remove the scale in the hair.
Cradle cap usually doesn’t require medical treatment. It usually goes away on its own. Make sure to wash your baby’s hair daily using a mild baby shampoo. If the scaling is heavy, apply a mineral oil to the scalp for a couple hours before shampooing.
Cradle cap does not normally have a smell. If your baby has cradle cap and there is a sour smell, this may be a sign that there is a fungal infection that requires further treatment. If this is the case your family doctor will be able to provide some advice if any special treatment is required.
Cradle cap doesn’t cause hair loss but picking at it could damage the delicate hair follicles. The damage occurs bellow the surface of the skin so it might not be visible but it's not recommended to pick at it.
A few ways to prevent cradle cap:
~ Use an emollient,
~ Wash the scalp daily,
~ Rinse scalp thoroughly,
~Don’t scratch thee skin,
~ Brush hair gently,
~ Use a dandruff shampoo
Sometimes buildup on the scalp could be mistaken for cradle cap always make sure you are thorough rinsing out shampoo & conditioner. A clarifying shampoo is good for getting rid of the extra buildup from products on the scalp.
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