What should I do if my newborn has cradle cap?

What Should I Do If My Newborn Has Cradle Cap? As a new parent, it can be alarming and stressful to discover that your newborn has cradle cap. Cradle cap is a common, non-contagious skin condition that is caused by overactive oil glands in the baby’s scalp. It appears as scaly, yellow or white patches on the scalp, and can sometimes spread to other parts of the body, such as the eyebrows, eyelids, and behind the ears. Fortunately, cradle cap is harmless and usually resolves on its own within a few months. While there is no cure for cradle cap, there are several things you can do to help manage the condition and reduce its symptoms. Start by gently washing your baby’s scalp with a mild baby shampoo. Avoid using harsh soaps or shampoos, as these can irritate the skin and make the condition worse. After shampooing, use a soft brush or comb to loosen the scales and remove them from the scalp. You can also apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly or mineral oil to the scalp to help loosen the scales. If your baby’s scalp is dry or irritated, you can use a moisturizing lotion or cream to soothe the skin. Make sure to use a product specifically designed for babies, as adult lotions and creams can be too harsh for a newborn’s delicate skin. If the cradle cap persists or spreads to other areas of the body, you may need to see a doctor. Your doctor may recommend an antifungal cream or ointment to help clear up the cradle cap. He or she may also suggest using a mild steroid cream to reduce inflammation and itching. It’s important to remember that cradle cap is a harmless and common condition in newborns. With the right care and treatment, it should clear up within a few months. In the meantime, try to remain calm and remember that this is a normal part of your baby’s development.
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