Cradle Cap

Friday, June 21, 2013

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

Dr. Hill:

Cradle cap causes the skin of the babys 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 babys hair with a mild baby shampoo and use a soft babys brush. This will help remove the scales. Dont use oils on the babys 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 babys face, neck and crease areas, call your babys doctor. The doctor will probably suggest a stronger scale-dissolving shampoo and prescribe a cream or lotion.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.