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WHAT IS CRADLE CAP?
Cradle Cap (Infantile Seborrheic Dermatitis) is a common and fairly innocuous condition that occurs in babies usually within the first three months of their lives. The condition may not look very pleasant — it is a patchwork of yellowish, oily and encrusted scales on the skin that can occur on the scalp, ears, eyebrows and eyelids — but is normally not harmful to your baby in any way. It can sometimes occur around the armpit area and nose as well. And while it may look like it is itchy and uncomfortable for your baby, it generally is not.
Mild cradle cap usually clears by the age of about 6 months, however for some it does not, and for others it reappears and can become more severe.
In adults the condition Seborrheic Dermatitis is a chronic inflammatory skin condition often triggered by stress and nutritional deficiencies.
SYMPTOMS OF CRADLE CAP:
The symptoms are easy to see and can range from dry skin or white flaky patches that look like mild dandruff to greater extremes such as large patches of oily, yellow scales that can be thick, waxy and smelly.
Sometimes the scales can result in a bacterial or fungal infection.
WHAT CAUSES CRADLE CAP?
Cradle cap is caused by the overproduction of sebum (oil) in the hair follicles. This has been mainly attributed to:
- Hormones from the mother that linger in the baby well after it is born. These hormones promote the secretion of oil from the skin causing the skin cells to stick and become flaky. For the most part, the hormones will diminish along with the symptoms of cradle cap by themselves within the first two years of your baby’s life.
- A lack of intestinal flora (good bacteria) and a deficiency in biotin (a B vitamin needed to help your body use essential fatty acids and assists in promoting healthy skin, hair and nerves). Good bacteria are responsible for producing essential B vitamins including biotin.
- A deficiency in omega 3 – babies with cradle cap have been found to have an imbalance of essential fatty acids in the blood. These ‘good’ fats are essential for healthy skin.
DIET & LIFESTYLE ADVICE:
- Never pick at the dry skin or scales because it can leave sore patches on your baby’s skin and can increase the risk of developing an infection.
- Do not use over-the-counter shampoos and ointments as these usually contain chemicals and these can worsen the condition - see Hair Care for Babies & Children for natural shampoos.
- Increase your intake of essential fatty acids which are vital for healthy skin by eating more oily fish, seeds and nuts, and vitamin E which is found in avocado, nuts, seeds, cold-pressed oils, wheat germ and oatmeal. Both of these nutrients help the skin to keep its moisture intact and prevent dryness.
- Do not eat/give any foods containing raw egg. Egg whites contain high levels of avidin, a protein which attaches to biotin and prevents it from being absorbed. Mayonnaise and some types of ice cream contain raw egg
- Eat/give foods which are high in biotin such as liver, kidney, herrings, cooked eggs and some fruit and vegetables (sweetcorn, watermelon, cauliflower, tomatoes)
- Other foods to avoid are chocolate, dairy products, white flour, fried foods, seafood, and anything containing sugar
- Many skin disorders such as eczema and psoriasis have been linked to gluten and dairy intolerance.
NATURAL CRADLE CAP PRODUCTS:
see our CRADLE CAP KIT which contains 'Baby Special Skin Balm' and 'Baby Massage Oil'
SUPPLEMENTS FOR HEALTHY SKIN & DIGESTION:
Baby Scalp Support Kits
The conventional approach to treating Cradle Cap has been to frequently use over-the- counter soaps and shampoos to gently remove the scales from your baby’s skin. However these are chemical-based products and there is some debate as to which are actually mild enough to use so frequently. If you aren’t careful, you can do more harm than good.
Cranial osteopathy has had good results with problems such as cradle cap and baby spots or milk spots. It may be that it helps to encourage the elimination of hormones and toxins from the body – you can find a local practitioner at www.cranial.org.uk
- If your childs cradle cap is red, inflamed or smells we would recommend that you spray the area with Colloidal Silver-MSM or mix a little Tea Tree Oil into the baby massage oil and massage generously into the affected areas as above - see Essential Oils
HOMEOPATHY - homeopathy works extremely well with babies and children. Use Calc carb 30c if your baby has a large head and belly, is sweaty and does not digest milk well, use Lycopodium 30c if there are other skin eruptions like eczema and sore patches in the creases of the skin, for cradle cap that gets worse for being covered up, with thick scales that may have a brownish tinge, skin is dry, parched and chapped in the folds, especially the neck; Nat mur 30c for severe cradle cap around the hair line margins, with dry, flaky, cracked scalp, and lips that are dry with cracked corners at the mouth; Rhus tox 30c for maddingly itchy cradle cap that triggers restless nights with lots of scratching to ease irritation, and looks thick, crusty and moist - see Homeopathy. See the Homeopathic Kits for sets containing a range of different remedies.
Give two to three pills a day for up to a week and see if there has been any improvement. Continue if there has been and change your remedy if there has not.
NB. It is important to touch the pills as little as possible, ideally tipping them into the lid and then directly into the mouth, and also to avoid eating and drinking at the same time as taking the remedy.
If you are unsure or if any of these remedies are not working, contact a professional homeopath.
Please contact us for specific advice if you need any help
NB. This information is in no way intended to be or imply to be a treatment, cure or prevention of any disease. If you are unsure as to the suitability of any of the products or recommendations with regard to your condition please consult your doctor. If your doctor does not approve of complementary medicine it may be helpful to find one who does.