Sunday, August 10, 2008

The pros and cons of neonatal seborrhoeic dermatitis (cradle cap)

  Cradle Cap:  It isn't caused by slacker mommies, but is possibly because of overactive glands in newborn baby skin.  (Thanks to all of those lovely hormones from mom)  Some people also think it might be because babies have a hard time absorbing biotin and other B vitamins.   All I know is that it is ugly (a little less so for Lilly with her hair to cover most of it) and a pain to get out because it requires oil in all of that hair that is covering it up.  

All of my babies have had cradle cap with the possible exception of Rachel. (I don't remember that far back!)  It is ugly and kind of gross, but rather easy to get rid of.  (If you are comparing it to any medical precedure.  This doesn't even require a doctor's visit!)  You simple put mineral oil on her scalp, let it sit for a few minutes and then wash her hair until all of the oil is out.  That is probably the worst part because sometimes you have to wash 10 times just to get the grease out.   Then you comb her hair (and scalp, gently) and all of the cradle cap just kind of flakes out.  Like magic, but different. :)  You can use other kinds of oil (baby oil, olive oil) but I have found that mineral oil works great and comes out easier than olive oil.  

The best part of cradle cap (and probably the only good part) is that when we are combing out the cradle cap and there is still some oil in her hair, we always get some fun hair do's.  Last night, we went for a sort of Elvis do.  As if Lilly isn't cute enough, this tempted me to play with her hair more. 

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