Credle Cap

Credle Cap

What is Cradle Cap?

Cradle Cap manifests as scaly, yellowish patches or crusts on infants’ scalps, akin to seborrheic dermatitis in adults. It typically emerges in the first few months post-birth, affecting infants aged one to three months. While it resembles adult seborrheic dermatitis, Cradle Cap rarely induces itching. However, the thick scales and crusts can be challenging to remove, causing distress to infants.

Causes of Cradle Cap:

  1. Excessive Sebaceous Gland Activity: Excess sebum can trap old skin cells, causing flakes.
  2. Fungal Growth: Malassezia fungus present on the skin can degrade sebum, triggering Cradle Cap, especially in susceptible infants.

Should You Be Concerned About Cradle Cap:

Typically, Cradle Cap poses no significant threat and resolves on its own. It isn’t contagious and isn’t linked to poor hygiene. However, the persistent scaling and crust formation can discomfort babies..

Treatment for Cradle Cap

 While Cradle Cap often resolves spontaneously, mild cases may benefit from simple interventions:

  1. Topical Steroids: In severe cases, topical steroids can reduce scalp inflammation.
  2. Medicated Shampoos: Anti-dandruff shampoos or those containing ketoconazole may alleviate symptoms, especially if fungal infection is suspected.

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Prevention of Cradle Cap

Preventing Cradle Cap involves:

  • Regular scalp washing with mild baby shampoo.
  • Using soft brushes to remove scales.
  • Using medicated shampoos as advised by Dermatologist.


When to Consult a Dermatologist

 If Cradle Cap persists despite home remedies or worsens, consult a Dermatologist. Signs of worsening include itching, swelling, bleeding, or rash spreading to the face and neck.

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Cradle Cap, though common and usually benign, can cause discomfort for infants and concern for caregivers. By understanding its causes, symptoms, and management strategies, caregivers can effectively navigate Cradle Cap, ensuring the well-being of their little ones.

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