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It’s gross. It looks dirty. It is not something that we as new parents look forward to dealing with when it comes to caring for our newborns.
But Infantile Seborrheic Dermatitis, also known as cradle cap is very common among infants.
The notable yellowish brown flakes growing in patches on baby’s scalp are the most common sign of cradle cap, but did you know it could also grow on baby’s skin in other regions of the body?
It may appear around his or her ears, eyebrows, eyelids, or other in other creases and crevices.
As unwanted and unsightly as it may be, cradle cap is not something parents need to worry about. It is common and any baby can get it, according to Dr. Greene.
It is not contagious, as noted by Baby Center, and most likely doesn’t even bother baby unless it becomes severe, which, even then, it could simply become just slightly itchy.
Though the cause is unknown, Baby Center also ensures us poor hygiene and allergies have officially been ruled out.
Though completely ridding baby of the extra dandruff ourselves isn’t likely, there are some ways that could help manage those icky, oily flakes.
Here are 5 ways the experts recommend, plus 2 extra-cautionary methods:
My husband and I experienced this with our little Marie. It was quite frustrating. There were times when I could pull off flakes that were the size of dimes – I didn’t understand it.
When we switched to using petroleum jelly, though, even though it required a little extra shampoo to get out, it actually helped pull out the scales instead of making them stick to the scalp even more.
For more extreme cases, here are two expert recommendations:
In such a case, your baby’s pediatrician may prescribe hydrocortisone. Never use over-the-counter creams, unless your child’s pediatrician gives the okay.
Never take it upon yourself to diagnose your baby’s needs.
Always consult a doctor before applying any anti-itch creams or anti-dandruff shampoos.
As stated before, cradle cap should not bother baby.
If you notice it looks more rash-like or is causing severe itching or pain, or is bleeding, consult your child’s pediatrician right away. This may be signs of an allergic reaction to something your baby is being exposed to, or may be a different skin condition that needs regular attention, such as eczema.
One tell-tale sign of infantile-eczema is how itchy your little one is. Eczema is a very itchy skin condition that cannot heal on its own. Another sign may be inflammation of the skin.
Some options to help with infantile-eczema are listed below:
The Mayo Clinic says,
“See your baby’s doctor if these measures don’t improve the rash or if the rash looks infected. Your baby may need a prescription medication to control the rash or to treat an infection. Your doctor may recommend an oral antihistamine to help lessen the itch and to cause drowsiness, which may be helpful for nighttime itching and discomfort.”
Let’s recap. (No pun intended.)
What are some methods you have found that helped rid or manage your little one’s cradle cap? Leave a comment below.
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