Your baby is a few weeks old, and all of a sudden, pesky little white flakes start showing up all over her head (and maybe even other parts of her body). What is this dandruff-like condition, and what is the best way to get your sweet little one’s hair soft and kissable again?
If your baby’s scalp has suddenly become dry and flaky, here’s the good news: it’s a very common, harmless condition called infantile seborrheic dermatitis - commonly referred to as “cradle cap.” Cradle cap basically refers to dandruff that appears on infants. And although it’s rather unsightly, cradle cap doesn’t seem to bother infants at all, and it usually clears up within a matter of months. It doesn’t usually cause itching or pain.
Although adults experience dry, flaky dandruff on their scalp, babies can experience cradle cap on other parts of their delicate skin, such as the neck, eyebrows, nose, ears, eyelids, belly, and legs.
Cradle cap often appears as dry, white scaly flakes, but it can also be yellow-tinged and greasy, or red and patchy. Your pediatrician can diagnose cradle cap and distinguish it from other skin conditions such as eczema that may cause similar-looking dry patches. While cradle cap doesn’t require medical treatment, babies that have eczema might need a prescription cream to clear up any itchy, painful rashes.
How long will the cradle cap last?
Some experts hypothesize that cradle cap often occurs in the first few weeks or months of life because mothers pass some of their pregnancy hormones onto their babies before birth, causing an overproduction of oil in the oil glands and hair follicles in their infants. Cradle cap usually appears a few weeks after birth and can last until 12 months of age. However, most cases tend to clear up well before your child’s first birthday.
So, if your baby struggles with cradle cap, take a deep breath and remember it probably bothers you a lot more than it bothers your little one! Cradle cap can be a pain to deal with, and although it doesn’t require medical treatment, there are several amazing products on the market that can help restore your baby’s scalp to soft perfection in no time!
Take a look at our list of tried-and-true cradle cap remedies, featuring our very own KeaBabies products!
Cradle cap is common - but treatable! If your baby is struggling with dry, flaky skin on her head, try using some of the methods described above to help treat the condition at home. Within a matter of months, your baby’s hair and scalp should be back to normal!
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|I’m Kaitlyn Torrez, from the San Francisco Bay Area. I live with my husband and two children, Roman and Logan. I’m a former preschool teacher, currently enjoying being a stay at home mom. I love all things writing, coffee, and chocolate. In my free time, I enjoy reading, blogging, and working out.|