Saturday, January 3, 2015

UK Health Radio - Medical News Update on the Hour - Gracie on Cradle Cap

UK Health Radio - Medical News Update on the Hour

Cradle Cap

Cradle cap is common in babies who have yellowish, greasy scaly patches that can appear on the scalp. It is not contagious.

The medical name for cradle cap is seborrhoea dermatitis. It normally appears on the scalp, but can also appear on the face, ears and neck, or in skin folds, like at the back of the knees and armpits.

Cradle cap normally appears in babies in the first 2 months and often clears up by itself after a few weeks or months, although in rare cases it can last much longer.

Cradle cap is easy to identify by the big, greasy, yellow or brown scales on your baby’s scalp. The scales will eventually start to flake and may make the affected skin look red. Sometimes, the hair can come off with the flakes.

The cause of cradle cap is not clear, but can be linked to overactive sebaceous glands. These are glands in the skin that make an oily substance called sebum.

Gently washing your baby's hair and scalp can help stop a build-up of scales, and massaging baby oil or natural oil, like almond or olive oil, into their scalp at night can help loosen the crust.

Gracie Timms
UK Health Radio - Medical News Update on the Hour
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