Have you noticed yellowish greasy patches on your baby’s scalp? Do you dread she may be suffering from a serious skin condition? Well, if you can relate to these situations reading this post is a must!
It is common for most parents to feel glum when it comes to the slightest discomfort of their precious baby. Do you know Cradle Cap is a common skin condition that affects most babies? Though these scales have a cute name, Cradle Cap, the condition is not as appealing as it sounds. Read on to know how you can help your baby get rid of the scaly patches and have a healthy scalp soon!
What Is Cradle Cap In Babies?
Cradle Cap refers to the thick scales of yellowish skin and greasy patches that appear on a baby’s head. Cradle Cap or seborrhoeic dermatitis, milk crust or honeycomb disease, is usually a harmless though unsightly rash that affects babies. Crusts might also be visible on the eyebrows and near the ears of the infant. The scalp becomes dry and may peel, flake or app
Contrary to the common misconception, you should not mistake it for eczema. If left untreated, Cradle Cap heals on its own. But in such cases, the probability of recurrence is higher. As your baby’s hair grows thick, it is likely that the Cradle Cap completely recedes from view.
Facts On Cradle Cap:
- Cradle Cap is a very common condition that affects 50% babies.
- It is not contagious.
- Most children with Cradle Cap are equally prone to diaper rashes.
- Unlike infantile eczema, Cradle Cap doesn’t cause itchiness. However, it is important to clean the lesions, as it can the pave way for fungal infections in the future.
- There is no reason to worry if your baby has Cradle Cap. Some parents feel guilty for not keeping their baby clean enough. But, a baby’s hygiene has nothing to do with the occurrence of these scales. (2)
- According to Chinese medicine, overeating hot, spicy, greasy, and fatty foods during pregnancy increases the chances of the baby developing Cradle Cap later. These foods can create damp heat within the fetus. Therefore, in order to prevent this, it is essential for pregnant moms to eat a balanced and non-spicy diet. (3)
Causes Of Cradle Cap/How Do Babies Get Cradle Cap:
So,what causes cradle cap in babies?
- An excessive production of sebum can cause Cradle Cap. These secretions are supposed to make the skin oily and healthy. When these oils dry up, flakes plug the ducts on the scalp. As a result, the sebaceous glands secrete more oil in an effort to push the flakes, causing the development of yellowish crusts.
- If there is a case of damp heat brewing within a child’s body, it affects the top of the body. The heat dries up the sebaceous glands on the scalp and the damp heat lies below. Therefore, children suffering from Cradle Cap are also likely to develop diaper rashes simultaneously.
- Fungal infection is also another potential cause of Cradle Cap. Malassezia, is a fungus that grows in the sebum.
- Biotin deficiency is another reason for developing Cradle Cap. (4)
- Like many other forms of skin conditions, a problem in the conversion of essential fatty acids also explains the development of this rash. An enzyme deficiency makes it difficult for the linoleic acid, one important essential fatty acid, to convert into gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). Some findings prove a temporary deficiency of the enzyme, gamma-linolenic acid can cause Cradle Cap. Therefore, as a cure, some doctors prescribe GLA. Oils like that of primrose, come with added GLA to alleviate many skin ailments in babies.
- If you regularly wash your baby’s hair, she is likely to develop Cradle Cap.
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What Are The Symptoms Of Cradle Cap?
Here are few of the most visible symptoms of Cradle Cap in babies:
- Yellowish or brownish patchy scales on the scalp.
- Greasy skin.
- Skin flakes which are whitish or yellowish in color.
- Reddish and dry scalp. (1)