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What is Cradle Cap & is it Dangerous For My Baby?

Cradle cap, the common name for infantile seborrheic dermatitis, is typical for newborns. Often times, it's not painful and not itchy for the infant. Cradle cap is easy to distinguish with symptoms that include patchy scaling or crusts on the scalp, overly oily or very dry skin covered in flakes and mild redness. It may present on the ears, eyelids, groin, or nose of the infant and, in most cases, is no reason to worry.

Treatment of cradle cap involves washing your baby's head with a mild shampoo daily to help loosen and remove the scales. There are brushes, and shampoo's that you can get over the counter or order online to help deal with cradle cap quickly and easily in your own home with no fuss. Though some cases can look awful, all it takes to help most infants is persistence and time.


If cradle cap doesn't clear up for your infant within a month, a trip to the doctor may be in order. If it persists or seems too severe, your pediatrician may suggest a medicated shampoo, lotion, or other various treatments that can be tried to ease, reduce, and eventually get rid of cradle cap. Often times, for the worst cases, an anti-fungal cream is used, based on the idea that yeast present on the skin can contribute to cradle caps severity.

Though doctors aren't sure what causes cradle cap, there are a few theories on contributing factors. One is that a yeast called Malassezia grows in the oil the baby's body produces. Another common thought is that certain hormones passed to the baby by the mother at birth may contribute to potential episodes of cradle cap. Regardless of the reason for it, a single regiment of hair washing and helping to soften and remove the scaled or flaked skin is the quickest and safest solution.

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Hello ! Nina Here, I am a blogger and a mother to 5 lovely children (blended family), with our 6th bundle of joy, Joylin who was born on 10.27.2020. Our Family is now complete.
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