Home Remedies For Cradle Cap

Home Remedies For Cradle Cap

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  1. Home Remedies For Cradle Cap

    There is nothing like the soft, delicate skin of a baby and nothing like a cranky infant irritated by diaper rash, or cardle cap. While your baby is perfect, your baby’s skin may not be. Many babies are prone to skin irritations in the first months after birth. Unlike diaper rash which can be treated and covered up and hidden from sight by a diaper, your baby’s head is not and cradle cap with it’s oily, scaling, crusty build up of sloughed skin cells can be distressing not only to parent, but to baby as well. In the United States, up to one-fifth of children school age have cradle cap, along with about 1 in 12 adults.

    Some mothers may believe that cradle cap is the result of poor hygiene, but that is simply untrue. While it is unknown what exactly causes cradle cap, there are some signs to look for when diagnosing it: a scaly rash, yellowish scalp scales, body rashes, eybrow, ear, armpit or diaper area rash and yellow crusts on the baby’s head. Genetics can also play a part in cradle cap. Many babies who develop cradle cap are from families who have a history of allergies.

    Cradle cap usually starts with red patches on the scalp before binding together to form a cluster of white or brown scabs that will be dry and flaky. Some hair might be lost when the scabs fall off, so picking and rubbing should be discouraged.

    Cradle cap is not part of any illness and does not imply that your baby is not being well cared for, and home treatment is almost all that is needed. My son has cradle cap so bad it made me cry more than he did, it was because he was my first baby, and I thought him so delicate, I did not wash his head as frequently as I should have. This led to a build up of dead skin cells and sebum which led to our┬ásevere cradle cap.┬áBut my pediatrician reassured me and told me to rub either baby oil, mineral oil or petroleum jelly on his scalp an hour before shampooing. This will help to loosen the scales and lift the crusts easily from the baby’s head.

    When you are ready to shampoo, you can use a soft toothbrush on the baby’s head and this should easily assist in the removal of any buildup. You can also use a fine tooth comb (that is what worked for me). Always wash your baby’s head thoroughly, rinse well and gently towel dry.

    However, there are times when home remedies do not work, and you should consult your health professional before using anything stronger like dandruff shampoos like Selsun Blue or Head and Shoulders.

    Remember, that cradle cap is not harmful to your baby and will usually disappear before your baby’s first birthday. However, cradle cap can be a sign of an immune system disorder and if you notice your baby is not thriving, you should contact your child’s pediatrician and seek help as these could also be signs of another underlying problem.

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