Kate and William’s baby is here at last. Keeping the head of their newborn fit for the crown will be a high priority in many ways. Cradle cap is common in newborns. Find out what can be expected to keep the royal baby’s head in stately shape. Here’s what you can do to soothe any irritation on baby’s head.
Cradle cap, or infantile seborrheic dermatitisis, is a dry, greasy, scaly and sometimes yellowy skin that appears on your newborn baby’s scalp. Infantile seborrheic dermatitisis is extremely common and can appear in patches or cover all of your baby’s scalp1. It may not be nice to look at but it is completely harmless, non-contagious and rarely causes your baby any discomfort.
How can I clear it up?
You can purchase specially formulated over the counter shampoos which can help to loosen and clear up some cases of infantile seborrheic dermatitisis.
Alternatively, massage a small amount of olive oil into the affected areas before your baby goes to sleep at night. In the morning use a soft baby brush to brush away loose pieces of skin and wash with a baby shampoo. Avoid oils and shampoos that contain nut traces as they may cause an allergic reaction in your newborn.
When should I visit the doctor?
In most cases infantile seborrheic dermatitisis will clear up on its own. This can take several weeks or several months, but never pick your baby’s scalp as this can cause discomfort to your baby and lead to infection. Visit your doctor if your baby’s scalp turns red, starts to weep, or spreads beyond his scalp to any other parts of his body. In severe cases a doctor may prescribe a weak steroid cream, antibiotics or ant-fungal cream to treat your baby’s infantile seborrheic dermatitisis.
10751 Published September 2012