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My 2 month old has a bad cradle cap. Which anti dandruff shampoo is best to get? Which active ingredient?? ..There are many different ones..

My 2 month old has a bad cradle cap. Which anti dandruff shampoo is best to get? Which active ingredient?? ..There are many different ones..

Selenium Sulfide: Selenium sulfide (Selsun and Exelderm) are often used, but instead a prescription of an antifungal soap such as ketoconazole (2%) shampoo, which can work in a single treatment and shows significantly less irritation than over-the-counter shampoos such as selenium sulfide shampoos, but no adequate and controlled study has been conducted for pediatric use as of 2010 that I am aware of. ...Read more

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Dandruff (Definition)

Dandruff is when dead skin cells from the scalp shed. As skin cells die a small amount of flaking is normal. Some people experience an unusually large amount of flaking either chronically or as a ...Read more


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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?

Have it looked at: You may be dealing with a scalp fungus that may require a prescribed oral anti fungal agent.Creams don't penetrate the scalp deep enough to get at the hair root, so it can persist. If not, a good scalp care routine can be set up. ...Read more

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I am havng sinus problem.I always wear shower cap.Shower my hair once a week.Affctd by dandruff.Can i shower my hair often? Does t cause early greying

I am havng sinus problem.I always wear shower cap.Shower my hair once a week.Affctd by dandruff.Can i shower my hair often? Does t cause early greying

Hygiene : One usually does not need to ask the doctor on how to maintain good personal hygiene. But, yes, of course you can safely wash your hair more than once in a week. Washing hair in no way causes or is a cause of early graying of the hair color. ...Read more

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What is a cradle cap?

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

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How can cradle cap be treated?

How can cradle cap be treated?

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

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What sort of disease is cradle cap?

What sort of disease is cradle cap?

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

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What will doctors give for cradle cap?

What will doctors give for cradle cap?

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

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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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What is the best to use on my 8 week old for her cradle cap?

What is the best to use on my 8 week old for her cradle cap?

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

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Cradle Cap (Definition)

Scaling and flaking of baby's scalp, often yellow and greasy. In adults, ...Read more