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Cradle Cap Hair Falling Out
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Dandruff shampoo: In a baby with cradle cap, don't be afraid to shampoo the hair with a dandruff shampoo such as selsun blue, and use a brush to brush out the flakes and scales from the soft spot. You can hurt the baby that way! after they are gone, and with continued shampoo, the scalp will be healthy again and hair will start growing. ...Read more
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?
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
Many causes: There are many kinds of hair loss, with many causes, from illnesses to surgical procedures to medications to crash diets to stress. Once you know the cause you can tailor a treatment plan. Your dermatologist can help you with this. Most "natural" hair loss treatments are a waste of money - so get professional help for this. ...Read more
Dandruff: The quickest way to get help and advice would be to see a hair stylist. She/he may be able to help a great deal. If they can't they (and I) would strongly recommend a doctor's visit. ...Read more
Of course: See a dermatologist for best chance to correctly identify the cause and management. ...Read more
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