Cradle Cap
Friday, August 28, 2009

One common skin condition of babies is cradle cap.  Dr. Edward Hill shares some remedies for this condition in today’s 60 Second Housecall.

Cradle cap causes the skin of the baby’s head to be red and scaly.  This can also occur in the creases of the neck and armpits, and behind the ears.  Cradle cap is not an infection.  It is a form of the common skin condition “eczema.”  Cradle cap is very common in infants, usually beginning in the first weeks of life and slowly disappearing over a period of weeks or months.

To treat cradle cap, shampoo the baby’s hair with a mild baby shampoo and use a soft baby’s brush.  This will help remove the scales. Don’t use oils on the baby’s head. This only makes the scales build up on the scalp.  Only consider using stronger medicated shampoos after consulting with your pediatrician or family physician.

If the cradle cap does not improve, or if the rash spreads to your baby’s face, neck and crease areas, call your baby’s doctor.  The doctor will probably suggest a stronger scale-dissolving shampoo and prescribe a cream or lotion.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, I’m Dr. Edward Hill.