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How Do 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
Oily,scaley skin : Cradle cap represents warn out skin cells that remain firmly attached to the scalp after they would otherwise fall off. (all of us shed skin all the time) natural skin oils may act as a glue, and most baby shampoos don't include enzymes to break up the oil. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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