What is Cradle Cap?
Medically known as infantile seborrheic dermatitis, cradle cap is a condition which causes the scalp and other areas of the body of newly born babies to develop a yellowish, oily, flaky and crusty rash.
The primary reason for the development of infantile seborrheic dermatitis is ambiguously classified; the sure thing is that it is not due to an infection, allergic reaction or poor hygiene. Perhaps, it has something to do with the overstimulated sebaceous glands in the neonates due to the action of maternal hormones in the circulation. It is also hypothesized that this is a fungal infection that is associated to antibiotics taken by the mother just before delivery, or antibiotics given to the neonate in the first week of life. These drugs kill not only the harmful bacteria but as well as the helpful bacteria that prevent yeast proliferation.
This is not a severe condition and is just transient. Usually, the patches resolve by the time the baby is six months to 1 year old. It can be treated simply by using mild baby shampoos. The scalp is washed regularly along with gentle brushing to remove the scales. Doctors often encourage the application of small amounts baby oil on the affected areas to help soften the scaly patches. When the condition does not make any progress using this approach and even extends to other body areas, the physician may recommend the use of a medicated shampoo containing ketoconazole.
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