Cradle cap or infantile Seborrheic dermatitis - Seborea is a common skin disorder in babies. Seborrhea or Seborea occurs when the sebaceous glands are producing excessive sebum (skin oil). It is believed that baby scalp seborrhea is caused by testosterone (male hormone) that has been transmitted from the mother to her newborn during pregnancy. The effect of these hormone will disappear before the baby is one year old.
In most cases cradle cap or baby scalp seborrhea , will present itself as a layer of oily yellow layer of sticky dandruff over the scalp. This skin disorder is not harmful in any way to the baby , is not contagious and doesn’t itch. However in cases that are severe, itching and sore sensation will be present. It has the ability to spread to other areas of the body. In these cases it may result in secondary infection that should be treated by a dermatologist.
It is recommended today to treat cradle cap it in its early stages. Treatments for the early and mild cases cradle cap is shampooing daily. It is very important not to brush the scalp too strongly to avoid damage to the underlying skin.
When the crust is thick and sticky it should first be softened with an ointment prescribed by a dermatologist. After a few hours the crust can be easily removed by hand with a mild shampoo.
If this condition is present in older kids, it is best to use an anti-dandruff conditioner and shampoo every day or two. These kids should be examined by a dermatologist to rule other causes for thick dandruff including atopic dermatitis , psoriasis of scalp fungal infections.
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