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what is cradle cap?


Asked by newmommyjazz at 1:17 PM on Oct. 29, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Cradle cap is basically baby dandruff- it is technically a form of eczema (dermatitis). Most times the baby grows out of it during the first year; if not it turns into seborrheic (sp?) dermatitis- dandruff. When DD's was really bad (if we didn't get it off regularly, it got very thick and gross looking) we rubbed olive oil or coconut oil into her scalp, let it sit, and then combed/washed the loose flakes out. She didn't grow out of hers, so we still have to do that from time to time- she has other forms of eczema as well. Mostly it's just icky looking, nothing more.

    Answer by preacherskid at 4:20 PM on Oct. 29, 2010

  • Dry skin on a baby's head and face.

    Answer by ballewal at 1:18 PM on Oct. 29, 2010

  • it's basically a yeast infection on their head, generally from formula but some breastfed babies can get it too if a mother consumes too many yeast products It can be formed in womb from mothers who eat too many yeast products (breads/pastas/ect). It's pretty much the same as eczema. It's best if just left alone, besides gently washing babies head don't comb/brush their hair, pick at it, try to rub it off, it all makes it worse

    Answer by SMWOODS at 1:23 PM on Oct. 29, 2010

  • It's a harmless, but not pretty skin condition on the scalp. It's flaky, dry skin that looks like dandruff or thick, yellow/brown scaling or crusting patches. They don't really know what causes it, but they think that the hormones a baby receives from his mother at the end of pregnancy overstimulate the baby's seborrheic (oil-producing) glands, resulting in cradle cap. You don't have to do anything, if it's mild it will clear up on it's own. We used a fine tooth comb after shampoos and Gentle Naturals Cradle Cap Care ( a couple times) to get rid of it.

    Answer by pam19 at 1:50 PM on Oct. 29, 2010