Tuesday, September 1, 2009
The dreaded cradle cap
Cradle cap is a form of seborrhea dermatitis (sebum causing inflammation). Found mainly on the scalp and face. It appears as thick, oily, yellowish or brownish patches usually on the scalp and eye brows. The skin itself appears red, flaky and irritated.
Cradle cap is simply a build up of sweat and oil produced by overactive glands or occasionally an overgrowth of yeast may contribute to the condition.
Treatment of cradle cap:
Brush the scalp with a soft bristle brush to loosen the scales
For mild cradle cap shampoo daily with Cradle Cap Shampoo. The lavender and chamomile will help to regulate the sebum while the manuka honey has a powerful effect on regulating the sebum.
You may also massage in Comforting Massage Oil into the scalp prior to shampoo.
Do not pick cradle cap or scrape off scales unless they are already loose. You do not want to cause infection.
Cradle cap is generally not a serious condition so don't stress over it. Some kids seem more prone to others (I was lucky enough to have four children affected). There are myths and legends in regards to over shampooing and under shampooing children's hair, however it does come down to the individual child. If you need to use the shampoo every day to get on top of cradle cap then do so. If not then don't. If the cradle cap becomes irritating to the child then a yeast infection may have developed and it may be time to head of to the doctor. For more info please feel free to email me firstname.lastname@example.org