Seborrhea in Babies

How to Treat Seborrhea in Babies

Posted on 6/4/2011 6:09:19 PM

Are you bothered on the dandruff-like flakes affecting the scalp of your baby? This condition is a clear sign of seborrhea or “cradle cap” that usually affects the newborns. Seborrhea is a harmless condition that mothers should not be worried about, but there are several ways on how to treat seborrhea in babies and that’s what you are about to learn.

Understanding Seborrhea in Babies

Can you see some yellow crusted patches on the scalp of your baby? In medical terminology, this unsightly condition that normally can be seen on the baby’s scalp is called as “seborrhea” or seborrheic dermatitis. Seborrhea is an unsightly skin condition that makes the scalp greasy, flaky, and scaly. For adults, this is commonly known as “dandruff” while it is referred as “cradle cap” if seen on babies or newborns. However, seborrhea doesn’t only affect the scalp since it is sometimes appearing in some parts of the face, in the area of the chest, as well as in the regions of the groin, arms, and legs, according to familydoctor.org.

The incidence of seborrhea among babies usually appears during the first three months after birth. Mothers are typically advised not to worry a lot regarding this condition as it normally fades away on its own, particularly in a period of six months up to 12 months even without applying some sort of medication. Nevertheless, there would be some instances that the flakes might be seen not only in the scalp; it could also spread in the ears and eyebrow of the baby. There are also some cases that it also shows up in the armpits, so if the severity of seborrhea is beyond than the normal then it is time for you to let it be checked by a baby’s doctor.

Causes and How to Treat Seborrhea in Babies

Babycenter.com clarified that there’s no definite explanation regarding the real cause of seborrhea to occur in the skin, just like in other forms of dermatitis. Up to this present, medical experts are still trying to pinpoint its root cause and believe in a theory about the effect of the hormones coming from the mother during the end part of pregnancy inflicting for seborrhea to appear few weeks after birth of the baby.

Generally, the best treatment for cradle cap is just to leave it as the flakes will diminish eventually, and this may not give harm to your baby even if you don’t apply some treatment. However, there are some solutions in reducing the unsightly look caused by its flaking to the skin. Here are some of the home treatments for cradle cap:

  • Use a mild baby shampoo when shampooing the scalp of your baby; don’t use products that are used for adults as they contain ingredients that will harm in the sensitive skin of a baby.
  • With the use of a soft brush, gentle brushing on the scalp of your baby can reduce the flakes or scales. Avoid breaking the skin to prevent infection to happen.
  • Apply some natural oil like an olive oil and gently rub it on the affected scalp. After 15 minutes, comb it with a soft brush to remove the flakes.
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