Cradle Cap

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Cradle Cap

Cradle Cap (a.k.a Infanitile Dermatitis)

Mini Report by: Jasmine Wilson

-caused by hyperactive sebaceous glands in the skin of new born babies.. The scalp normally produces oil to protect the scalp but once it builds up, its called cradle cap. -due to the mother's hormones still in the baby's system.


Cradle shows signs rather than symptoms or complications. -Signs: greasy, yellow or brown patches on top of the baby's head-Affected skin area may appear red-Scales & flakes on the scalp-Yellow crusts on the scalp - It is advised not to pick or scratch at the patches because an infection might develope.

-Usually starts on scalp but may develop to the back of ears or other parts of the body.(Like nose, armpits, or backs of knees, etc) - if it does spread then it would be called eczema.

Symptoms/ Complications

-Shampoo the baby's scalp once a day with a good quality and low acidic shampoo.-Lavender oil is a natural way to use, apply it to baby's scalp and leave it on overnight, then shampoo away.-Also you can warm up baby oil and dilute it with Witch Hazel and apply it to the scalp, Olive oil and having a good diet if your breast feeding helps with the treatment.

Treatment/ Preventions

* Child may have hair loss when the patches are removed or fall off.*It may also go away on its own once the baby's body get use to the natural output of the oil* A baby can get as young as 3 weeks

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