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5 Natural Remedies for Cradle Cap (Seborrheic Dermatitis)

Posted Aug 29 2011 12:00am
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Cradle cap

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As I have stated before, I don’t think cradle cap is a big deal, but it sure does bother the grandparents.  My experience was the more I removed it, the more it came back on my baby’s head.

Cradle cap is officially called seborrheic dermatitis , and adults, such as myself, suffer from it as well.

Seborrheic dermatitis in infants, also called cradle cap, is a harmless, temporary condition. It appears as thick, crusty, yellow or brown scales over the child’s scalp. Similar scales may also be found on the eyelids, ear, around the nose, and in the groin. Cradle cap may be seen in newborns and small children up to age 3 .

Cradle cap is not contagious, nor is it caused by poor hygiene. It is not an allergy, and it is not dangerous. Cradle cap may or may not itch. If it itches, excessive scratching of the area may cause additional inflammation, and breaks in skin may cause mild infections or bleeding.

If it bothers you and you feel the need to remove it, here are some natural remedies.

Like baby acne, cradle cap is will eventually go away.  If your child is not bothered by it, don’t worry too much.

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