Cradle Cap

It is a common skin rash that occurs in newborn babies due to over secretion of oil glands on the scalp or yeast (fungus). The rash appears scaly and crusty on the skin, and can be dry or greasy. There may be some mild redness noted as well. The rash does not itch, and is not painful.
You can use an over the counter anti dandruff shampoo twice a week to wash your baby’s hair. While the shampoo is lathered up, gently massage the scalp for about five minutes. Use a soft bristled brush before rinsing. You will not injure the soft spot, so do not worry. If the scalp appears crusty, apply baby oil 15 minutes before you shampoo. Be sure to rinse out the baby oil, or it can worsen the cradle cap. If the scalp appears red, and irritated, you can apply hydrocortisone cream 1%, which you can buy at any local store. Leave on for one hour once a day and then rinse off. You can do this for 7 days. If the rash appears behind the ears and looks raw, you can try an anti-yeast cream, like Lotrimin cream three times a day. This can also be purchased over the counter. Do not worry about cradle cap spreading as it is not infectious. Cradle cap will eventually disappear between the ages of 6-12 months. If you have tried the above treatments for 2 weeks and they persist, please seek medical attention.


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