There is nothing as precious, defenseless, and innocent like a baby. It is very alarming when babies developed discolored, scaly patches over their soft skin.
What is cradle cap?
It is considered as an inflammatory condition that affects babies. It is a noninfectious and harmless skin condition in babies and infants and is considered as a form of dermatitis. It is a rough, scale-like flaky, crusty patches that are yellow or brown in appearance. It primarily forms in the scalp, but can be found in eyebrows and ears as well. Cradle cap is not painful or comfortable for babies. Rest assured that this is not a sign of poor hygiene, a dry skin, or bacterial problem. This is considered as a temporary skin condition that will disappear on its own after three months of age or longer.
What causes this cap?
The reasons are still unknown why this kind of rash is developed but one thing is for sure, it is not caused by poor hygiene or even allergies. Some doctors believe that it may be influenced by the mother’s hormonal change during pregnancy that stimulates the infant’s oil glands.
Should I pick up the cradle cap off my baby’s scalp?
Picking up the cradle cap off your baby’s scalp is not a good idea. You might end up giving your baby sore or infected skin. Once it becomes infected, the skin of your baby will become redder and little fluid blisters will appear.
What should I use to treat my baby’s cradle cap?
The following are the gentle treatments for cradle cap. Apply the chosen treatment and make sure that the scalp is well covered.
– Coconut oil. Coconut is completely natural, non-toxic and safe for babies. Coconut oils contain many wonderful properties such as antifungal and anti-bacterial actions. You can purchase this oil from food stores and online stores.
– Olive oil. Olive oil is the most common oil used by parents to remove the cradle cap off their babies. Olive oil is cheaper and more readily available.
– Jojoba oil. It is a great oil for skin that has anti-inflammatory and antibiotic properties. Use a small amount of jojoba oil and mix it with another oil.
– Sodium bicarbonate/baking soda. Make a paste and apply it to your baby’s scalp before bath and then rinse it off afterward.
Gently massage your baby’s scalp with these home-made remedies with the help of your fingers or a soft brush to loosen the scales. If none of these remedies seem to help and the cradle cap doesn’t clear up, it is about time to visit a pediatrician. If cradle cap persists or seems severe, the pediatrician may suggest a medicated shampoo, lotion, or other treatment. He may suggest an over the counter or prescription dandruff shampoo, or a cortisone cream if the scalp is inflamed. If a yeast infection is present, a topical antifungal medication is recommended.
Never fret because cradle cap is not contagious. Though it may not be cute to look at, it is considered harmless.