Icky Cradle Cap - What to Do for Your Baby's Hair Troubles
If you have a newborn with cradle cap you may feel a little concerned because you’re wondering how can such a young baby have such a skin condition so soon.
Although experts don’t know for sure the exact cause of cradle cap – a flaky, dandruff condition, they have determined that the mother and baby’s hormonal interaction may play a role.
Some believe that the mother’s hormones that are passed down to her baby at the end of pregnancy can sometimes overstimulate a baby’s oil glands also known as the seborrheic glands. This overstimulation results in the skin condition commonly found on young baby’s known as cradle cap. Experts have not agreed 100% on this theory but many have proven that this may be the cause.
If you are concerned that your baby is having an allergic reaction or feel that you are to blame for your child’s hygiene condition, you are not to blame so just relax. It’s the bodies natural reaction. So, no need to worry. Cradle cap is not contagious and is not bothering your baby. They don’t even realize they have it. Although if itching begins you may want to see a doctor.
However, it’s fairly easy to treat. Please be reassured that this is a common condition in many newborns. It often appears as dry skin that looks like dandruff – often flaky white, sometimes yellow or brown and can sometimes appear thicker than most common dandruff seen on most individuals. If it looks anything like the description I’ve just described or the scalp begins to look scaly and crusty it is most likely that your baby is suffering from cradle cap. It’s a harmless scalp condition that often occurs in the first few months of life but can sometimes clear up by the sixth month. In some cases, this condition has lasted for up to a child’s first birthday.
The noticeable areas are usually on the scalp but can often be seen on other areas like the eyebrows. Although this condition is harmless, you should try to take action right away. Gently washing your baby’s hair and scalp with a soft brush or terry cloth towel while shampooing is a great start. You may also want to consider using natural olive oil on your baby’s scalp by leaving it on for about 10-15 minutes and then gently rubbing the scalp gently to loosen the flakes. Follow up with a gentle baby shampoo.
If you still are not seeing results you should consult your doctor as they may have a better shampoo more suitable for your little one’s hair. As long as you monitor and treat your baby’s condition, it should resolve itself quite well.
Foam Shampoo For Newborns, 5.07oz Prevents and helps cradle-cap disappear.
PhysiObebe, 10ozA one-step, soap-free gentle cleanser for the face and diaper area. Rinsing not necessary.
Hydra Bebe Body, 10.1oz. Leaves newborn and baby skin silky-soft and protected.
Vitamin Barrier Cream, 1.9oz. Prevents early signs of diaper rash and helps reduce irritation.
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