Your baby may develop dry and scaly skin patches on
his scalp. This is commonly known as cradle crap. However, if the symptoms
spread to all over his body, it is known as infantile seborrhoeic eczema.
When this becomes severe the skin can actually break, grow raw and begin to
bleed. While it does not look pleasant, it is useful to know that at least
it is not contagious.
Cradle crap or infantile seborrhoeic eczema afflicts babies less than 1 year
old. A startling one out of every five babies will develop this condition at
one time or another in their lives. This can also occur in 1 in 5 older
children and 1 in 12 adults as well. However, although the cases that happen
in older children and adults are not the same as infantile seborrhoeic
eczema, these cases may have originated from previous cases that occurred
when the sufferer was a child.
Some say that infant seborrhoeic eczema occurs because of overactive
sebaceous glands (that produce the skinís oil). There are other forms that
can occur. These reasons include asthma, hayfever, genetics or an allergy to
something that the skin comes into contact with.
If your baby develops the symptoms of dry and scaly skin, see a pediatrician
immediately. Early and proper diagnosis can help you identify the right
treatment. Still, the skin of the baby is always going to be sensitive and
prone to flare ups. Hence, you will need to take special care of the skin
with a good cleansing and moisturizing routine.
For cradle crap, you can try rubbing a small amount of warm olive oil mixed
with a few drops of primrose oil onto your baby's scalp in order to loosen
it up. Apply this mixture to your baby's head before bedtime. Let it soak
into her skin before you wash it off in the morning with a mild baby
shampoo. Some other topical supplements that can help your baby include Aloe
vera or Borage oil.
If you are breastfeeding and if your baby is also suffering from cradle crap
or infantile seborrhoeic eczema, then consider changing your diet. Try to
consume more biotin from liver and eggs. You should also consume some
evening primrose oil, emu oil or any supplements known to help in eczema
skin. Your baby may also be allergic to some of the foods in your diet such
as milk, wheat and eggs. Hence, do avoid these food triggers while you are
breastfeeding. Hopefully, these tips will help alleviate the inflammation
and reduce the dryness of the skin.