You may have come across some newborn babies before that seem to have some form of yellow, scaly patches on their head and other parts of the body. You might think that it is dandruff, but it is actually a different form.
That condition is known as Seborrheic Dermatitis or a condition that is commonly known as the Cradle Cap. Although it may seem like a cause for concern, do not worry as this is actually quite common. In fact, you can treat it as newborn dandruff that will go away without much intervention in a couple of months. Using a baby shampoo can certainly help.
Today, I want to talk about some ways you can prevent and treat cradle cap if your baby has it. Again, this is not a cause for concern but it doesn’t mean that you cannot do anything about it.
Using Baby Shampoo
What causes adult dandruff? Well, it is caused by a number of different factors, but one common denominator is oil. Too much oil coupled with dead skin may lead to the formation of dandruff.
Although doctors still do not know the exact cause of the condition, some are led to believe that it is actually due to an excess of oil based on hereditary conditions. Whether that is the case or not, using a mild baby shampoo often would help mitigate or outright prevent the condition from ever happening.
Use a Soft Brush
When bathing your child, it is important that you also scrub their bodies, specifically their head by using a soft brush as well. This is especially useful if your newborn has cradle cap.
A gentle brush can actually help remove any loose scales and thanks to the shampoo, that will actually happen.
If you find that your baby is not fond of the brush, you may use a terrycloth towel to rub their body instead.
There are actually some natural remedies that you can try on your baby that may help with their scaly condition. Some parents would advise you to use burdock, chamomile, comfrey root, and even cocoa butter as well.
These natural remedies can help soften the dead and scaly patches of skin- making them easier to brush off.
If after using the above-mentioned remedies, that your baby’s skin condition wasn’t fixed or anything, you may have to go consult their pediatrician. In most cases, they will just prescribe you with stronger shampoos that may contain selenium, ketoconazole, and even corticosteroids but there are only given in more severe cases.
Aside from strong shampoos, their doctor may even give hydrocortisone cream as well. This can help reduce swelling and inflammation to the affected area.
Use Antifungal Treatments
One of the probable causes of cradle cap is due to yeast and because of that theory, may parents who’ve used topical antifungal drugs before have reported really good results.
You can use antifungal treatments that contain either ketoconazole, clotrimazole, miconazole, and terbinafine solution provided that it is under the guidance of their pediatrician.