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Also known as infant seborrheic dermatitis, cradle caps are not excessively itchy, dangerous or contagious. However, they can spread to the rest of the body if left untreated. So what causes them and how can we fight against this infant worry?
Cradle cap causes
You’ve just returned from maternity and yet, they are already there: cradle caps on the scalp of your little baby. Actually, this skin problem is common, it often affects under 6 months old babies as early as the second week of life.
It’s not due to poor hygiene or food intolerance. The change of infant formula or the eviction of certain categories of products for breastfeeding mothers have never shown any benefit on this inconvenience.
The “Cradle caps” (consequences of seborrheic dermatitis) take the form of yellowish and white oily patches that adhere strongly to the scalp, sometimes spreading as far as the eyebrow… and the buttocks!
Thus, two causes can be at the origin of the problem: an excess of sebum at the hair root or an abnormal proliferation of a fungus naturally present on the skin.
Bath time : a precious ally
If poor hygiene is not at the root of the problem, adapting the bath time to the encountered problem may be the solution!
To avoid irritating the baby’s skin and thus excessively activate the sebaceous glands, it is advisable not to bathe every day and even less shampoo your baby.
Some ingredients in traditional cleansing products are extremely abrasive and cause excessive sebum formation (this is the case with sulphates).
So, every 2-3 days, you can use a very gentle washing product to massage the baby’s scalp with your fingers or with a konjac sponge. Be careful not to use too hot water.
After gentle towel drying, you can brush your baby’s hair with a soft brush. Don’t forget to put a towel under her head: thanks to the bath and brushing, some scabs will come off on their own!
Hydration helps fight cradle caps
The first remedy for cradle caps is moisturizing. It comes after bathing or in the morning before venturing out into the cold!
The plant-based oils contained in our Dry Oil for Kids and Babies will provide long-lasting protection for the skin and reduce the appearance of sebum in the long term. Indeed, based on Sunflower seed oil and esterified Coconut oil, Softness Baby dry oil nourishes and maintains skin moisturizing.
It is not recommended to scratch the cradle caps, as it can pull out hair. However, it is perfectly possible to massage the scalp of your little one to remove them.
Adults can also develop this type of skin problem. Especially when their skin barrier has already been put to the test in their childhood.