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Cradle cap

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If you notice white or yellow scales or crust on your baby’s head, it’s probably cradle cap.

WHAT IS IT?
Medically speaking, it is seborrheic dermatitis that affects infants. In fact, it is one of the most common infantile disorders and occurs shortly after birth. But don’t worry. It’s not dangerous, nor does it bother the baby. It doesn’t hurt, itch or burn. It just doesn’t look nice.

WHAT IS THE CAUSE?
The direct cause of cradle cap is excessive scaling of the scalp. It is caused by the presence of too many of the mother’s hormones in the baby’s blood. Additionally, this condition may be aggravated by fungi called blastomyces.

HOW TO TREAT IT?
In a case of mild cradle cap, where the skin is covered with individual scales, it is enough to oil the head well (with baby oil or a greasy cream) an hour before taking a bath, then gently brush the scales with a soft brush, and finally wash the hair with a mild shampoo. In case of more severe cradle cap, when the baby’s scalp is covered with a yellowish crust, you should use a special oil available in pharmacies. You should leave it overnight and brush the baby's head in the morning. Some doctors recommend home remedies: washing the head with wheat bran or oatmeal or pouring starch on it. The treatment usually takes 1-2 weeks. If you have any questions or cradle cap persists, consult a dermatologist. Remember that you should not use any ointment prescribed for another baby, as this may only harm yours. Although cradle cap is not harmful to the baby, if untreated it may cause problems with the scalp and hair in the future.

HOW TO PREVENT IT?
It’s hard to prevent cradle cap, because it usually has nothing to do with external factors. But you should take proper care of your baby’s hygiene. Make sure not to overheat the baby's head. If you cover it too tightly, it will sweat and this can lead to infections. If you take your baby outside on a warm day, a breathable cotton cap is enough.

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