October 30, 2015


Your newborn baby may have a mild case of flaky, dry skin that looks like dandruff, or a more severe case marked by thick, oily, yellowish scaling or crusting patches. This is cradle cap, a harmless scalp condition common in newborns. Cradle cap can appear anytime between two weeks and three months after birth and usually clears up on its own after several months. It's usually not a problem after about 6 or 7 months of age. Cradle cap results when oil-producing sebaceous glands produce too much oil, which turns into oily patches and then dries and flakes off. Many experts think the extra hormones that a mother produces and passes to her child during childbirth cause the oil glands to act up. When the hormones in your baby's body level out after the early months, the condition will go away. The best way to remove the scales is to rub mild vegetable oil, Palm kernel oil or olive oil onto your baby's scalp a couple of times a week, let it sit for about 15 minutes, then gently comb out the flakes with a fine-toothed comb or brush them out with a soft brush. Then wash your child's hair with a gentle baby shampoo. Talk with your baby's doctor if the cradle cap is severe or it spreads beyond your baby's scalp. The doctor may recommend a medicated shampoo or cortisone cream. Keep your baby's scalp healthy and kamsified!

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