What is cradle cap?

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.
Scale on scalp. Waxy, sticky scale on the scalp. It usually doesn't itch or bother the baby.

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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...

What is cradle cap, and how long does it take to get rid of it on a 3-month old little baby?

Cradle cap. Also known as seborrhea capitis. Think of it as baby dandruff. Often there will be some small red bumps on the scalp and around the ears. There may be yellow scale in the scalp. Traditional treatment is to apply mineral oil to the yellow crust, massage for a while, then comb out. Wash hair after. Treat several x a week. For severe case consult a doctor. Usually goes away in a few months. Read more...

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...

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...
Normal variation. Cradle cap occurs when normal aging skin cells fail to shead from the scalp in infants.Moms typicly use mild shampoos to avoid eye irritation but these shampoos do not have the chemicals needed to break up skin oils.Some infants have thicker skin oil which acts like glue & prevents skin cells from separating.Dandruf shampoos+soft cuticle brushes used regularly will solve this problem. Read more...

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...

What are the treatments for cradle cap?

Several. You can leave it alone-- it won't hurt baby-- or can treat by loosening with oil, then combing the crusts out. You can also use a dandruff shampoo, but rinse backwards so it doesn't get in eyes. 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 more...

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...