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What's a safe way to get rid of "cradle cap" that's behind my infant's ears?

What's a safe way to get rid of "cradle cap" that's behind my infant's ears?

Confirm diagnosis: Sometimes I'll use a mild topical hydrocortisone. I would however see his pediatrician before using any medication on an infant. Rash could be a skin infection with bacteria or a yeast as well. Need to have the diagnosis confirmed. ...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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4 mo. Baby has rash behind ear. Raw, red and oozing sticky clear liquid. Rash on face too. What should I use on it? Eczema? Has cradle cap too.

4 mo. Baby has rash behind ear. Raw, red and oozing sticky clear liquid. Rash on face too. What should I use on it? Eczema? Has cradle cap too.

Like this?: Seborrheic dermatitis ("cradle cap") can spread to the face, eyelashes ; behind ears. It can be treated by using z-tar or other anti-dandruff shampoo. Lather up a fingertip's worth, shampoo ; rinse thoroughly. If the scalp is red for more than a few moments, discontinue use. If it looks infected or is very itchy, see her pediatrician for other treatments (miconazole or mild hc creams). ...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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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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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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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

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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How can I treat cradle cap?

How can I treat cradle cap?

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

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Can you get cradle cap at 2?

Yes: Cradle cap or seborrheic dermatitis can be seen to 3 to. Mineral oil, olive oil, coconut oil might loosen the patches. For the older child tea tree oil/shampo is good or talk to dr about medicated. Shampoo. ...Read more

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How can adult cradle cap be treated?

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

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What is cradle cap? Can adults get it, too?

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

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How to get rid of cradle cap?

Frequent shampooing: 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

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What can I use for cradle cap in babies scalp?

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

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What kind of doctor sees somebody for cradle cap?

GP/FP/Ped/Nspract: Cradle cap is a common issue in early infancy & is easily managed by knowledgable health professionals in several fields. ...Read more

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Is OTC cortison safe for the newborns for cradle cap?

Is OTC cortison safe for the newborns for cradle cap?

Not known: Scalp is very richly supplied with vessels so there will be some systemic penetration. Safer to use baby shampoo. ...Read more

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My son is 2months old and has bad cradle cap how can I get rid of it fast?

My son is 2months old and has bad cradle cap how can I get rid of it fast?

Shampoo & combing: Use a mild baby safe shampoo and GENTLY comb the scales. DO NOT scratch them off or use any Oils on the scalp. If it does not improve have his/her doctor check it - they may have use use a medicated shampoo. ...Read more