Although cradle cap is unsightly, it does not cause discomfort to a newborn and is easily treatable.
Cradle cap is a harmless condition. It is a form of dandruff which causes rough, scaly patches on a baby’s scalp. It’s easily identifiable as it is a very distinct crusty yellowish build up on a newborn’s head, scalp, forehead and in severe cases on a baby’s eyebrows. It usually appears within the first three months of a baby’s life.
“While cradle cap might be unsightly”, says Senior Midwife, Helen O’Carroll, “it is not irritating nor does it cause discomfort for a newborn.
Cradle cap is not contagious and although there does not appear to be a definite cause, it is likely due to the overproduction of the oil glands in the skin of the scalp.
According to Helen, mild cases of cradle cap will clear up on its own within a few months. But there are simple ways of self treating it to hurry it on its way.
The following over-the-counter treatments and self-care tips can help you control and manage cradle cap.
By DONNA AHERN
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