A common question new parents asks their child’s pediatrician is “what is going on with my baby’s head?” Parents often notice white flaky or crusty spots that cannot be picked away because it leaves red sore spots. The condition is medically known as seborrheic dermatitis, but to everyone else cradle cap. It can be quite troubling to see the discoloration and problems on the body, however, it is quite common among many little ones. Not only is the condition prevalent in babies but some toddlers have the condition as well.
What is Cradle Cap?
Although cradle cap is not cute to look at, it is not a harmful condition. The condition is only temporary and will not cause damage to the infants head or prevent hair from growing. The condition does not cause discomfort to it; it is not contagious. The condition actually a form of baby dandruff. It is tempting to do something about it, however, you never want to do anything that will hurt your baby’s little head.
Prevention of Cradle Cap
You could just try to prevent the condition from occurring. The condition loves oily skin, which is probably due to the hormones being transferred from the mother to the baby. Another theory is that the condition is a reaction to Malassezia furfur, which is a type of yeast.
Treatment of Cradle Cap
Mild cases of cradle cap can be treated with mild shampoo. You should wash the hair more frequently than before. This, along with soft brushing, will help remove the scales. However, is important that only a soft baby brush be used and not an adult brush with hard bristles. You can wash and shampoo your baby’s scalp, but use a gentle baby wash soap to do so. Limit the shampoos to 2-3 times a week. Over washing the hair can actually lead to a significant increase in producing of oil which will boost the chances of cradle cap. Continue to allow your baby’s head to get air and try to keep it from becoming oily.
Give Your Baby Time
All babies have some type of little funny quirks about them in the beginning. It is best sometimes to just let nature take its course and work things out for your baby. Cradle cap can be one of those things. Ask your pediatrician about what they think, if they see no need for concern, or suggest trying a different type of method just sit back and give your baby’s body time to adjust to being in world.