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Adult Cradle Cap Treatment
None needed: Cradle cap does not usually need to be treated. If it seems to be bothering the infant (or the parent), you can remove it by applying a lubricant (baby oil, olive oil, aquaphor). Leave the lubricant in for 15 minutes and then take a soft toothbrush and gently scrape it out. If that doesn't work, it's probably worth it to see your pediatrician. ...Read more
Is it really??: The closest thing to infant cradle cap in adults would actually be a fungal infection of the scalp. Cradle cap in infants is basically old skin cells stuck together unaffected by baby shampoos that don't loosen the flakes. Regular use of medicated dandruff shampoo will help adults solve the flake issue, but if unresponsive you will need to have it looked at by your pcp. ...Read more
Unlikely: Cradle cap is due to the accumulation of dried and dead skin in the scalp of an infant, usually due to family's concern that mild scalp massage might "damage the brain through the baby's soft spot." as adults do not have a soft spot, they are much less likely to have cradle cap, as the fear of brain damage from scalp massage is not present. ...Read more
MEDICALLY KNOWN AS:
Seborrheic dermatitis is a common infant condition. However, adults can get it (dandruff) as well.
Treatment is a shampoo with salicylic acid, selenium sulfide, coal tar or zinc pyrithione. Use daily for a week or so, then cut it to 2-3 times a week. Leave it in place for 5 mins or so after gently massaging the scalp, then rinse. ...Read more
I have thick patchy layers of dandruff stuck to my scalp which itches I think is either cradle cap or seborrheic derm how can I permanently cure (19yr?
My Dr prescribed jamp hydrocortisone lotion for what she said is adult cradle cap. Is there anything else that I could use that would be effective?
Baby oil/olive oil: I typically recommend baby oil or olive oil on the scalp for cradle cap. After applying, gently loosen the flakes with a soft baby brush, and then wash your baby's hair. There are some over-the-counter cradle cap treatment kits available as well. If persistent, ask your doctor about dandruff shampoo used twice a week. ...Read more
Gently massage the baby's scalp with your fingers or a soft brush to loosen the scales. Shampoo more frequently (up to once a day), being sure to rinse out all the shampoo. After shampooing, gently brush the scalp with a soft brush or a terrycloth towel.
There are baby shampoos developed especially for cradle cap that might be useful in stubborn cases. Or see a dermatologist. ...Read more
Baby oil: Cradle cap is essentially baby dandruff. Most of the time you can ignore it and it'll resolve in a few months. If it's getting too bothersome, massage in baby oil a few times a week. You can also use a soft bristled brush to scrape some of the scale away. If the scale is too dense, a dandruff shampoo like Selsun Blue can be used 1-2 times a week, leave on x 20 min, then wash off. ...Read more
No: Tell the adults around you not to bother you. Cradle cap is not catching - even if you were also a baby. ...Read more
Not sure: It is so hard to make a diagnosis without looking at the scalp. You should talk with your doctor. ...Read more
My 4month old has had cradle cap since 3months. All home & over counter remedies have failed to help. What else can I do/use? Can our dr give anything
Cradle cap: This is a very common condition in infancy. The skin on the scalp is different from the skin on our face as it is different on other parts of our body, saying this, the scalp secrets more oils and sheds more cells that form this condition. I recommend putting baby oil on the affected scalp 30 min. Prior to shampooing. Use a soft scalp brush and gently scrub. Shampoo daily, 1 week should be gone. ...Read more
Not known: Scalp is very richly supplied with vessels so there will be some systemic penetration. Safer to use baby shampoo. ...Read more
A common harmless...: ..Condition in babies. It involves yellowish scales on the scalp, and it often involves a certain type of fungus. If can be very mild and require no treatment (it often bothers the mother more than the baby), or more severe. It goes away eventually by itself, or if it's itchy, it can be treated with diluted over the counter dandruff shampoos. Ask your doctor. ...Read more
Yes: You can use mineral oil to loosen the scales and then wash with a gentle baby shampoo. Do not use the products that have lavender or other scents. Use the mineral oil at night and wash hair. Use your fingers to gently loosen the flakes. You can also use a very soft brush after applying the mineral oil to loosen the flakes. ...Read more
Seborrhea: Cradle cap is all known as seborrheic dermatitis, causes scaly patches on a baby's scalp. It is not serious, it can cause thick crusting and white or yellow scales. It usually resolves on its own within a few months. Simple measures, such as washing baby's scalp daily with a mild shampoo, can help loosen and remove the cradle cap scales. ...Read more
Effective shampoo: Infants often have "cradle cap" which is a process where their natural skin oils combine with old skin cells & form a thick layer on the scalp. Baby shampoos are designed to be mild & not irritate the eyes & do not have the chemicals in them to loosen the dead skin. Careful regular use of dandruff shampoo & a soft brush will usually end the problem but it takes a while. ...Read more
Maybe: Much of cradle cap is due to retained skin flakes that are not susceptible to the mild ingredients in "tear free" baby shampoos. Active washing with a simple dandruff shampoo will often do the trick, as well as avoiding baby oil on the scalp or other treatments. A soft cuticle brush to help scrub in the shampoo helps, but keep it away from the eyes. ...Read more
Skin care: One treatment is a small amount of baby oil and gently brushing away the crusts. Shampoo on the face should be avoided. ...Read more
Dandruff shampoo: Cradle cap builds up when the old skin flakes of the scalp are anchored to the skin by skin oils that act like glue. Normal tear free baby shampoos do not have the chemicals needed to loosen these flakes. Application of dandruff shampoo, keeping it out of the eyes, will gradually help. Gently teasing the flakes loose with a cuticle brush speeds the process. ...Read more
Cradle cap: Try to put baby oil and brush with a soft comb. If didn't work, do heads and shoulder shampoo two times per week. ...Read more
Cradle cap: Best to massage scalp for several days with baby oil, then gently remove the scale with a brushing with baby brush. If that doesn't clear it up, shampoo scalp once a week with a tar based shampoo. The one I like best is Neutrogena Tar Shampoo. You did not cause the cradle cap - it is a seborrhea of the scalp, which is skin condition common in babies. To prevent, tar shampoo scalp every other week ...Read more
Depends: Much of cradle cap id due to retained skin flakes that are not susceptible to the mild ingredients in "tear free" baby shampoos. Active washing with a simple dandruff shampoo will often do the trick, as well as avoiding baby oil on the scalp or other treatments. A soft cuticle brush to help scrub in the shampoo helps, but keep it away from the eyes. ...Read more