Get advice: Infant skincare 101

Cradle cap

Cradle cap - infantile seborrhoeic dermatitis is a common ailment that occurs during the first several weeks of life. It is the result of excessive work of the sebaceous glands on the child’s skin, due to the mother's hormones present in the youngster's body after birth. The excess sebum dries on the child's skin and combines with the dead skin cells, forming a thick crust - dark-yellow scales - on the skin. They can be single; however, sometimes they cover almost the entire surface of the scalp. It is not uncommon for the condition to spread to other hairy parts of the body, e.g. the eyebrows. Perspiration contributes to the development of cradle cap; therefore, it is extremely important not to overheat the baby. Improper treatment of cradle cap poses a risk of infection - if there is swelling or redness you should immediately consult a doctor.

How do you get rid of cradle cap?

If cradle cap has occurred, it is important to apply a special product, which will help soften and remove the scales, to the scalp daily.

Approximately 20-30 minutes before the evening bath gently rub the cradle cap cream into the scalp where it is visible, and put a cotton hat on the child.

Next, gently brush the scales off with a soft brush and wash the head with a hydrating shampoo, gently massaging the scalp. Do not scratch the scales off by force - this can damage the delicate epidermis!

Repeat this process daily until symptoms disappear. In addition to their scale-softening and removal-facilitating properties, special creams for cradle cap hydrate the epidermis and soothe irritation and redness.

Symptoms usually disappear within 2-4 weeks, depending on the severity of the scales and with proper care. Cradle cap tends to recur - that's why after symptoms disappear, observe the child's scalp condition on a daily basis and if any signs appear, immediately repeat the skincare process.

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