Cradle cap causes crusty or oily scaly patches on a baby's scalp. The condition isn't painful or itchy. But it can cause thick white or yellow scales that aren't easy to remove.
Cradle cap usually clears up on its own in a few months. Home-care measures include washing your baby's scalp daily with a mild shampoo. This can help loosen and remove the scales. Don't scratch cradle cap.
Cause-The cause of cradle cap isn't known. One contributing factor may be hormones that pass from the mother to the baby before birth. These hormones can cause too much production of oil (sebum) in the oil glands and hair follicles.
Another factor may be a yeast (fungus) called malassezia (mal-uh-SEE-zhuh) that grows in the sebum along with bacteria. Antifungal treatments, such as ketoconazole, are often effective, supporting the idea that yeast is a contributing factor.
Cradle cap isn't contagious, and it's not caused by poor hygiene.
Symptoms-Common signs of cradle cap include:-Patchy scaling or thick crusts on the scalp, Oily or dry skin covered with flaky white or yellow scales, Skin flakes, Possibly mild redness
Similar scales may also be present on the ears, eyelids, nose and groin.
Cradle cap is common in newborns. It usually isn't itchy.
Cradle cap is the common term for infantile seborrheic dermatitis. It's sometimes confused with another skin condition, infantile eczema. A major difference between these conditions is that eczema usually causes significant itching.
ANTIMONIUM CRUDUM 30- A specific remedy
VINCA MINOR 30- It should be tried when Anti. Crude fails. Oozing moisture  under the crust
ARSENICUM ALB 30- Acrid discharge from the eruption. Itch violently , worse at night and cold air. Better from warmth
CALCAREA CARB 30- Children of scrofulous habit. The eruption is covered with thick scabs, with yellow pus underneath. The stools are white like chalk and the child has cold damp feet
DULCAMARA 30- Thick, brown herpetic crusts on the face, forehead, temples and chin, with reddish borders, bleeding when scratched
GRAHITES 30- The eruption exudes a sticky fluid . It appears mostly on the chin and behind ears, unhealthy skin, very little injury  causes suppuration
LYCOPODIUM 30- The eruption suppurates and had a bad smell. Thick crusts form having deep cracks on the skin underneath
RHUS TOXICODENDRON 30- Watery vesicles with red edges. The eruption itches violently especially at night. Swollen glands on the neck and throat
SEPIA 30- Eruption very moist, almost constantly discharging pus like matter. Sometimes it may arise in the form of ringworm. The child often jerks its head to and fro
SULPHUR 200- Soreness and excoriation in the folds of the skin, where the eruption extends more or less over the whole body with violent itching. Bleeding after scratching. Early morning diarrhea. Scrofulous habit

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