Cradle cap is a scaly, yellowish, greasy rash that appears on the scalps of babies. This is a common condition among infants, most especially in the first 3 months. It is usually safe and not contagious, and rarely causes babies any form of discomfort.
How is it treated?
Mild stages would typically disappear without medical intervention in just a few months. However, if it took longer than that, consult a pediatrician.
- Put baby lotions or oils before putting shampoo, in order to prevent scaling.
- Gently wash the baby’s head each day using a mild baby shampoo. Then, delicately brush her scalp with a cradle cap comb, or soft brush to loosen the scales. Make sure to look for the safest, mildest baby bath brands in Malaysia that will help with this condition.
- Once the scales disappear, the mild washing process must be continue everyday to prevent cradle cap from returning.
How to prevent cradle cap?
Since no one is sure as to why cradle cap occurs, it is not really possible to prevent it. You have nothing to worry about, since it normally clears up on its own.
Cradle Cap Complications
Cradle cap is not serious, but you still need to monitor it, in case it gets worse. If the following symptoms occur, seek medical help:
- The baby develops fungal ear infection. Fungal infection may result to the growth of bacteria.
- Signs of thrush suddenly appear.
- The affected area begins to turn red.
- The patches begin to appear irritated.
- The affected area spreads to the entire face, and begins to appear on the baby’s body.
- Diaper rash occurs.
Cradle crap symptoms
- Crusty yellow parts on the baby’s scalp
- Scales-like areas appear on the scalp
- The affected part may go red.
- Patches of scalp appear greasy and yellow
- Dandruff-like flakes on the skin