Baby Cradle Cap Treatment
Healing and curing your baby of cradle cap
Baby cradle cap treatment is partly determined by the correct diagnosis of cradle cap. Contrary to popular belief, there are three main types of cradle cap, and hence three different types of baby cradle cap treatments to be considered as a result.
So what is baby cradle cap?
Baby cradle cap is a mostly temporary malfunction of the sebaceous glands on the babies scalp, face and other parts. Cradle cap is actually a colloquial term based on the infant being of cradle age (baby) and it affects the cap (hat) area of the baby - hence cradle cap. Two forms of cradle cap are classed medically as SEBORRHEA related to steatorrhea or stearrhea or acne sebacea or ichthyosis sebacea. While the third form of cradle cap is medically referred to as seborrhoica dermatitis, which is related to eczema seborrhoicum or seborrhœa corporis (some cases) or pityriasis capitis.
Baby Cradle Cap Definition. Simply put, the fat-producing glands overproduce, producing a secretion on the skin of fatty matter. Cradle cap appears on the skin as an oily coating, scales, or crust. At one point cradle cap was called milk crust, as it was believed the mothers milk caused cradle cap.
Baby cradle cap is a symptom in itself, so idenitfying it is mostly easy for you to do
Essentially if your baby has what looks like thickened areas on the scalp, with whitish lines running and criss-crossing the thickened areas, you have the strick definition of cradle cap. Baby cradle cap was also also referred to as honeycomb disease, because of this appearance - a sort of 2 dimensional honeycomb appearance.
For baby cradle cap proper - without inflammation - the baby cradle cap treatment is normally gently washing the affected area and softening the hardened fats so that they can be easily wiped or peeled off. With this baby cradle cap treatment, it is vitally important not to aggravate the affected skin, as doing so may cause inflammation and worsen the the babies situation.
I've also read that if your baby has eczema, and the baby cradle cap is present, it will still be called baby cradle cap, even though the baby cradle cap treatment would most likely be based on the baby's eczema. In other words, even gentle soap may be out of the question - for this you need professional advice based on the level of the eczema.
Likewise for the seborrhoica dermatitis, the baby cradle cap treatment would be more based on the dermatitis, and the baby cradle cap treatment would be best supervised by medical professionals, as gentle cleaners may not be suitable to remove the baby cradle cap.
Why do other sites talk of cradle cap as being just a singular condition?
It's the theoretical orientation. I am using an older style of classification system that existed before the internet, whereas the other internet sites are using a different definition that sees cradle cap purely as a type of dermatitis. What's the point? Well, I believe the older classification system to be the better one. Does it alter how you would treat your baby? Possibly, as the classification system I use, I believe gives you more options, more understanding - but that is just my opinion in relation to cradle cap and it's treatment.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Donald Urquhart, Psychologist and editor, enjoys medical and related writing.