Cradle Cap

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Cradle Cap

Cradle Cap is common condition in babies, with thick yellow scales appearing in patches on the scalp. It is a form of seborrhoeic dermatitis, and may also occur in the region of the nappy, as well as on the face, neck and behind the ears. While the skin looks unpleasant, it is not serious so long as the scalp skin remains uninfected.

The cause is not clear but it may be fungal infection, but not the result of bad hygiene. Cradle Cap often appears during the first three to nine months of the baby's life and is usually gone by the age of one year, although some cases may last up to three years.

When to seek further professional advice
If your baby is experiencing Cradle cap you should seek advice from your doctor as to how to treat it.

Alternative Treatment

Aromatherapy: A blend of strong lavender oil in apricot kernal oil may help.
Homeopathy: Calendula ointment may be suggested first. If this does not help, and the skin is scaly and dry but not infected, lycopodium may be appropriate.

Traditional Treatment

The scalp should be washed daily in a mild shampoo such as cetrimide solution. Warm olive oil or arachis oil can be gently rubbed into the baby's scalp and this will help to soften the scales over-night. The loosened scales may then be removed by the next days gentle washing. Brush the baby's hair with a very soft brush. Consult a doctor if the skin looks inflamed as an antibiotic or corticosteroid drug may be needed.

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Author - Body and Mind

Published - 2013-01-19