The Three C’s of Cradle Cap
Cradle cap is a common condition where the baby’s scalp develops greasy, yellow and flaky dandruff. It commonly occurs among babies when they are between three to twelve months old. Sometimes, cradle cap can also be seen in baby’s ears, eyebrows and armpits. Although it looks and sometimes smells badly, cradle cap doesn’t itch or cause any discomfort to your baby.
While there is no established cause for cradle cap, some experts believe that it can occur due to hormonal imbalance. The hormones that pass from mother to her baby towards the end of pregnancy can produce excessive oil, thereby causing cradle cap. Fungal infection can also be a contributing factor if the condition is severe. However, cradle cap is not contagious or caused by unhygienic conditions.
You can eliminate cradle cap by oiling your baby’s scalp regularly. It will soothe and soften the scalp and help in flakes falling off naturally. Wash your baby’s hair with warm water and an herbal shampoo that contains the anti-dandruff action of Chickpea, Hibiscus to soften hair, and Khus Grass with its antibacterial and antifungal properties, twice a week and gently massage the scalp to remove loose flakes. After bathing, brush your baby’s scalp with your fingers.
Brush your baby’s hair with your fingers or a soft comb every day to boost blood circulation. Washing and oiling baby’s hair regularly nourishes the scalp and also aids in clearing any developing cradle cap. During baby’s hair wash, ensure to rinse the shampoo residues thoroughly.
These three C’s of cradle cap should keep you calm when you begin to notice yellow, greasy flakes on your baby’s scalp. It is a natural condition that will eventually clear in few weeks. If the condition seems severe, consult a pediatrician.