Cradle Cap Seborrhoeic Dermatitis is a fairly mild skin condition that is extremely common with babies. Cradle cap Seborrhoeic Dermatitis is not thought to be harmful to the baby although there are a few cases reported in the UK where the baby is suffering discomfort with redness and itchiness of the scalp. Cradle Cap Seborrhoeic Dermatitis affects babies that are aged between 3 months and 9 months old, although it can start earlier and last longer sometimes. With Cradle Cap Seborrhoeic Dermatitis the scalp of your baby becomes dry and covered with thick, yellow patches that appear like scales. It can also appear on the skin behind the ears, on the face, neck and nappy area.
The cause of Cradle Cap Seborrhoeic Dermatitis is unclear, but it is not associated with poor hygiene, it could possibly be due to the over-producing oil glands in the childs skin. Although it is very mild, Cradle Cap Seborrhoeic Dermatitis is reaonably harmless unless the skin becomes infected. If cradle cap Seborrhoeic Dermatitis leads to an infection then you should seek medical advice from your childs local GP.
Signs and Symptoms of Cradle Cap
- Thick and yellowish scales on the childs scalp
- Reddening around the childs scalp and forehead
- In extreme cases there may be some discomfort and itching
Incubation Period for Cradle Cap
There is no incubation period with Cradle Cap Seborrhoeic Dermatitis.
Treatment of cradle Cap
With treatment of Cradle Cap Seborrhoeic Dermatitis it is recommended that you use baby soap and a shampoo that is mild. this shampoo and soap can be used daily by massaging it straight onto the childs scalp to loosen the scales.
If the Cradle Cap (Seborrhoeic Dermatitis) fails to loosen with a mild shampoo then a mild olive oil can be used by massaging it straight onto the childs scalp and leaving it on overnight. If the condition fails to show signs of improvement after using these methods then contact your local health centre for further advice regarding Cradle Cap (Seborrhoeic Dermatitis).