Particularly in the neonatal period, the yellowish, crusty, exfoliated layer seen in the baby’s head skin is called cradle cap. It’s medical name is infantile seborrheic dermatitis.
Why Cradle Cap Happens?
Especially, some inexperienced mothers perceive the formation of crable cap as related to hygiene and feel guilty. However, this situation has nothing to do with the hygiene rules. You can relax thinking that a moderate severity cradle cap takes place in half of the babies. Especially during the newborn period, it is thought that cradle cap takes place as a result of uncontrolled oil production of the newborn’s body. Another reason is that experts say that hormones taken from the mother are one of the effects on the baby. This condition is usually seen in the hair of the scalp, but sometimes it appears to spread to the forehead and eyebrows.
Cradle Cap is generally mild, but in some cases it causes redness and itching, and even if not very often, hair loss. If cradle cap is not treated and progressed, it can cause skin infection-related injuries.
Cradle Cap Treatment
Because cradle cap is a very common condition in babies, it is often treated by parents at home with simple methods. Even without a treatment, it usually disappears on it’s own within three months. This time can be extended by up to a year in stubborn cradle cap which is very rare. There are many ways to treat cradle cap at home.
Massage lightly heated natural olive oil into the baby’s head. After a few hours, wash the baby.
Another method is to massage baby oil or almond oil into the baby’s head massaging gently. It will be enough to wait until an hour for the oil to get warmer with a soft fabric or cheesecloth. Then wash the baby with baby shampoo. Be careful not to apply baby oil after the shampoo. This can cause cradle cap to stick more and worsen the situation. Anti-Cradle Cap shampoos which contain ketocanazole may also be prefferred.
You can also get rid of it quickly by combing gently with cradle cap comb. You can do this before you wash the baby with shampoo, in this way you can purify the baby from slough pieces.
Things You Should Not Do
Never try to dig cradle cap with your fingers. Do not forget that the skin of the babies is very delicate and sensitive. You can cause irritations and injuries in the scalp.
Do not use any anti-dandruff shampoos which are produced for adults or any cream whatever your purpose is. Many products that you consider harmless can be life-threatening for babies.