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Transcript of Cradle Cap
Niva Rajendran & Sana Naveel
A happy and fullfilled baby
skin cells remain oily and don't dry out
Misconceptions about Cradle Cap
Who are Timmys?
Infantile Seborrhoeic Dermatitis
YELLOW CRUSTY SCALES
ON BABY'S SCALP
Who is Timmy?
Children 3 weeks - 1 year
Peak prevalance ~3 months
Equal incidence in boys & girls
Something is not quite right
What's wrong with Timmy?
patchy scaling of the scalp
greasy or dry skin covered
with flaky white or brown
or yellow scales
hair may come away with the flakes
there may be a slight redness too
can also be seen on a baby's face (eyebrows or eyelids) or ears
See the doctor if:
swelling (indicative of an infection)
spreading to other parts of the body
bleeding (could cause an infection)
But why did it happen to Timmy?
overactive sebaceous glands
old skin cells normally dry out and fall off the scalp
build up of cells on the scalp
mother or baby given antibiotics within perinatal period
antibiotics destroy damaging bacteria but can also destroy the friendly bacteria that prevent things like fungal infection
Maternal hormones still in baby's circulation
Stimulate sebaceous gland
genetic predisposition to allergies
Cleared up within a few months on its own
Massage or brush baby’s scalp
Wash baby’s scalp with gentle baby shampoo (up to once a day)
Rub a small amount of pure, natural oil – such as almond or olive oil (Make sure to wash off!)
- Antifungal ketoconazole
(2% ketoconazole containing shampoo. E.g. Nizoral® 2%
- Hydrocortisone cream helpful to reduce inflammation and redness
(1% Hydrocortisone cream. E.g. Boots Derma Care)
Drug treatment only if recommended by a doctor
Non Drug Treatment Advised
Timmy's going to be fine!
Do not confuse with:
Eczema -> Cradle Cap not itchy
Psoriasis -> No profound redness/inflammation
But how to help Timmy?
Let's all be grateful for the Pharmacists! :)
due to decreased resistance