Cradle cap usually appears when babies are between 0 and 3 months old. It is characterized by a scaly, whitish crust that appears on the baby’s scalp.
It is most likely caused by the hormones in your system that the baby has acquired. These hormones stimulate the baby’s oil glands to produce excess oil, which dries up to form flaky patches. This is a temporary condition and should clear up with treatment and time.
Keep baby’s head cool and dry. Added heat and moisture may contribute to the condition. To treat, apply a coat of baby oil or olive oil to the affected area. Let the oil soak for a minute, then use a fine-tooth-comb or a soft toothbrush to comb out the flakes. Wash and rinse baby’s hair as usual. Follow this routine daily until the cradle cap begins to subside. If the area is red or inflamed, a dab of OTC cortisone cream may help. Some parents find that Aveeno Baby Bath and Aveeno Baby Lotion may help.
If the condition worsens, contact your doctor. He may prescribe a special shampoo or cream for your baby.
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