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Hello there...I wanted to know if iscratch out my 2month old cradle cap will his hair grow back

Hello there...I wanted to know if iscratch out my 2month old cradle cap will his hair grow back

Yes: Hair loss from removing cradle cap is temporary and it will grow back. But if hair is coming out with "scratching", I'm concerned you are scratching too hard. 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. Read more

Dr. Foster Carr
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Hair Loss (Definition)

Hair loss, otherwise known as alopecia, can be caused by different reasons, including damage to the hair shaft or follicles or fungal infections. There are two main types of alopecia. Alopecia areata occurs when the body's immune system attacks hair follicles and causes hair to fall out. Androgenetic (or androgenic) alopecia, on the other hand, is an inherited form of hair loss. With alopecia areata, hair can fall out in patches all over the body. With androgenetic alopecia, hair on the head first thins and then falls out. In men, this is called male pattern hair loss; in women, it is called ...Read more


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Is it safe to pick at 14wk old baby's cradle cap? When I do it, a lot of his hair comes out with it.

Is it safe to pick at 14wk old baby's cradle cap? When I do it, a lot of his hair comes out with it.

Probably hurts: Cradle cap itself can cause hair loss just by its presence. Soaking the scalp for 10 minutes with baby or coconut oil, then gently combing with fine tooth comb should gently remove the scales with less irritation. You may need to repeat this a couple of times, but slow removal is less irritating than pulling off dry plaques. Good luck Read more

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Son has had cradle cap and it itches all the time/ we wash his hair twice week could this be excema in his head he is 4mths old.

Son has had cradle cap and it itches all the time/ we wash his hair twice week could this be excema in his head he is 4mths old.

Maybe: 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

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I used olive oil and combed rather hard to remove my 6 mo baby's cradle cap. Now at 3 yo, she has thin hair. Did I pull out hair that won't regrow?

I used olive oil and combed rather hard to remove my 6 mo baby's cradle cap. Now at 3 yo, she has thin hair. Did I pull out hair that won't regrow?

No: The treatment and brushing for the cradle cap didn't cause any long term damage. Hair thickness is usually quite thin in infancy and gradually thickens based on inherited genetic factors as they age. The transition is gradual and takes YEARS. Be patient. Read more

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My 2month son got cradle cap onhis head what should I use?

My 2month son got cradle cap onhis head what should I use?

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

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Hi my baby is 6 weeks old she has a rash on her face, head and chest for a week now she also has cradle cap is this normal? How do I alleviate it?

Hi my baby is 6 weeks old she has a rash on her face, head and chest for a week now she also has cradle cap is this normal? How do I alleviate it?

Is it the same rash?: Cradle cap can extend down to the face, neck, and chest. There are some non-prescription remedies such as selenium-based shampoos (don't get it in her eyes!), but other treatments require a doctor visit. Either way, be patient - there's no reason why she can't have beautiful baby skin after this clears up. Read more

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My daughter is a year old. She has red pustual bumps on her head mostly on the top and in the middle. At first we thought it was cradle cap it isnt.

My daughter is a year old. She has red pustual bumps on her head mostly on the top and in the middle. At first we thought it was cradle cap it isnt.

See your doctor: These are symptoms that require a thorough evaluation by your doctor. Only after obtaining this informstion, can he/she adequately diagnose and treat you. Read more

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Can you get cradle cap from kissing a baby's head?

Can you get cradle cap from kissing a baby's head?

No: Tell the adults around you not to bother you. Cradle cap is not catching - even if you were also a baby. Read more

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My daughter 6months has cradle cap. I tried olive oil it didn't work is there anything else I can try? Some people say head and shoulders?

My daughter 6months has cradle cap. I tried olive oil it didn't work is there anything else I can try? Some people say head and shoulders?

Baby Oil: It is a normal process that can go away on its own on its due course. Peeling it can sometimes cause irritation. Baby oil will help alleviate dryness. Regular shower and keeping the well nourished baby clean with lots of love is pampering. Read more

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Babys head smells (forehead) but there's no peeling or other evidence of cradle cap. What else could it be? Can cradle cap smell be present w/out peel

Lotions/ metabolism: If germ overgrowth is unlikely, the other two issues that come to mind are the things we put on their skin or the odor from the sweat they make. I find some lotions will sour over time & leave a musty smell. Some kids with metabolic issues can have a mouse urine like smell or maple syrup like smell to their sweat. If the lotions or other skin treatments are not an issue I would let your dr know. Read more

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I have lots of hair fall my serum ferrite level is 8, taking dexorange cap 2 a day. My crown area is almost balding should I increase iron intake-shruti?

I have lots of hair fall my serum ferrite level is 8, taking dexorange cap 2 a day. My crown area is almost balding should I increase iron intake-shruti?

Determine cause: It is always important to determine the cause of iron deficiency. In pre-menopausal women, it is most often related to menstrual blood loss. In post-menopausal women or men, other causes such as bleeding from the intestinal tract must be excluded. If you are tolerating the iron, you can increase to 3 or 4 capsules daily. Hair loss may be due to iron deficiency or other causes. Read more

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I have lots of hair fall my serum ferrite level is 8, taking dexorange cap 2 a day. My crown area is almost balding should I increase iron intake-shruti?

No: See a medspoa doctor that specializes in hair growth. We use laser stimulation and recommend hair products and minerals appropriate for hair growth. The doctor will be able to take pictures and analyze the hair condition as well as follow closely with the pictures for before and afters. Taking iron without having iron loss anemia can be problematic. Read more

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My hair fall after severe illness, what to do?

My hair fall after severe illness, what to do?

Hair fall very sick: 52 F. My hair fall after severe illness, what to do? ANS: if you get better it may get better. Wear a wig till then. Read more

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I am having hair fall.. can u give me some tips?

I am having hair fall.. can u give me some tips?

Depends on cause...: One's primary care doctor can check for medical causes. If none are found, then one can see a dermatologist, especially one specializing in hair restoration (some treatments: minoxidil, finasteride, hair transplants...). Medical causes may include hormonal problems (low thyroid), seborrhea, alopecia areata, stressful illness. Other causes: genetic male/female pattern baldness, telogen effluvium... Read more

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My wife having hair fall problem please help me out?

My wife having hair fall problem please help me out?

Depends on cause...: One's primary care doctor can check for medical causes. If none are found, then one can see a dermatologist, especially one specializing in hair restoration (some treatments: minoxidil, etc, . ..). Medical causes may include: hormonal problems (low thyroid), seborrhea, alopecia areata, stressful illness. Other causes: genetic male/female pattern baldness, telogen effluvium. Read more

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What all health problems can hair fall be related to?

What all health problems can hair fall be related to?

Hair Falling Out: Any stress physical or psychological can cause hair loss. It can also be normal. The best thing to do is see you doctor for a year check up and make sure you are healthy. Read more

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Cradle Cap (Definition)

Scaling and flaking of baby's scalp that makes it ...Read more


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