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Cradle Cap Treatment and Cure - Cradle Cap Home remedies


Cradle cap is a condition that causes oily, yellowish scales or crusts on babies' heads-behind the ears, on the eyebrows, and along the lash line-and occasionally in the groin area.

What Causes Cradle Cap?

The exact cause of cradle cap is unknown. However, many health professionals think cradle cap may be caused by an overproduction of oil from a child's oil glands. If oil glands are producing oil in abundance in response to a baby's rapid growth, this could cause dead skin and oil to accumulate and stick to the scalp.

Symptoms of Cradle Cap

Cradle cap is characterised by greasy, yellow scaly patches over the scalp. In some cases a thick scaly layer may cover the whole scalp. Over time the scales may become flaky and rub off easily. The condition is usually not itchy and in most cases babies are unaware of the problem. One should see a doctor if the scalp or skin starts to look infected or the rash is spreading beyond the scalp or the cradle cap is not starting to clear up after a few weeks of treatment.

How is it diagnosed?

Cradle cap is generally diagnosed by physical examination. Other diagnoses should be considered and other tests may be necessary.

Treatment of Cradle Cap

  • The best way to treat the condition involves the daily use of a baby shampoo applied with a soft toothbrush to cleanse and loosen the scales.
  • If after a week or so there is no improvement, your doctor may prescribe a medicated shampoo that is usually used for the treatment of a fungus.
  • Cradle cap is not an infection of any kind.

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