Cradle Cap Symptoms: Cradle Cap is yellowish, patchy, greasy, scaly and crusty skin rash that occurs on the scalp of recently born babies. It is usually not itchy, and does not bother the baby. Cradle Cap most commonly begins sometime in the first 3 months. Similar symptoms in older children are more likely to be dandruff than Cradle Cap.
Cradle Cap Causes: The two most common types of Cradle Cap include either fungal infection or overactive sebaceous glands (glands that secrete and oily/waxy matter). Mostly commonly, Cradle Cap is a topical fungal infection, probably secondary from the mother or newborn receiving antibiotics. If the baby suffers from chronic ear infections that do not respond to antibiotics (possible a fungal infection in the ear), oral thrush, or a diaper rash that is yeast/thrush, then Cradle Cap is mostly like fungal. The other cause is overactive sebaceous glands.
Cradle Cap Conventional Treatments: Clotrim (1%) solution is the conventional doctor prescribed treatment for fungal cradle cap. It will kill the fungus, but side effects are burning and irritation.
Cradle Cap Natural Alternative Treatment: Three Sisters Herbal’s Wicked Magic Salve is a safe and non-toxic treatment for topical fungal infections. Is it so safe and non-toxic that it can be used, not only on a newborn’s baby’s head, but on a breastfeeding mother’s nipples. Grapefruit Seed Extract and Tea Tree Oil are nature’s anti-fungal agents in this salve. Wicked Magic Salve also contains the healing power of herbs-like Chamomile & Calendula to soothe inflammation and calm skin.