Cradle cap on a 5 yr old?

Danielle - posted on 07/01/2011 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 5 and last week I was pulling her hair up and saw what looked like dandruff in her hair. We were in a hurry so I just picked it out and later that night when I took her hair down I got to looking at her head. She had more and it was attached. I asked her if it hurt or itched and she said no. So I changed shampoos and it seemed to get better. Yesterday I pulled her hair up again and noticed it's not just in that spot anymore but there also another spot on the opposite side of her head. I've called the Dr and made an appt for Tuesday but I was just wondering if anyone else has had that problem?

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Amber - posted on 11/08/2012

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I am a hairstylist and have a 5 year old that has had small patches of cradle cap off and on. I have a great tip for removing the patches of build up. At the drug store (I found it at Walgreens) pick up a Lice Nit removing comb, it is very fine much smaller teeth than any other comb and the Egg & Nit combing gel (that will loosen it up and make it easier to remove). Rub a dab of the gel which is slippery not sticky on the affected areas and then using the Nit comb start at the scalp scooping under the waxy flakes to pull them from the scalp and comb outward, wipe the flakes off and repeat until the area is free of build up. It is amazing and removes it better than anything else I have tried. The comb is plastic and has no sharp edges so it is safe and gentle. My very tender headed son did not bat an eye and let me work on the 2 areas on his scalp until I got it all which amazed me... bribing with a prize helps too :) The scalp may appear red, it is not from what you did, but from the Seborrhea and will go away.

Katherine - posted on 07/02/2011

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Cradle cap and seborrhoeic dermatitis are so 'ridiculously common' in infants and pre-schoolers that they constitute 'a public health problem', a leading dermatologist says.

Dr Peter Foley, a visiting dermatologist at Melbourne's St Vincent's Hospital and senior lecturer in the University of Melbourne's department of medicine, was commenting after a study he led documented the prevalence of cradle cap and seborrhoeic dermatitis in Australian children.

(Seborrhoeic dermatitis is an inflammatory skin rash that results when the sebaceous (oil producing) glands in the skin are overactive. Cradle cap is a form of seborrhoeic dermatitis of the scalp in infants characterised by dry, flaky skin, which may be reddened.)

The study looked at 1116 newborn to 5-year-old children, and found 42 per cent had cradle cap and 10 per cent had seborrhoeic dermatitis.

Both conditions were mild in most cases (Archives of Dermatology 2003; 139: 318-22).

Cradle cap persisted to age 5 years in 40 per cent of those affected, but parents should not worry as it would eventually disappear, Dr Foley said.

Hydrocortisone can be used if the scalp becomes inflamed, he said. If the scales were thick, GPs could prescribe salicylic acid 2 to 5 per cent — depending on the age of the child — in aqueous cream. Carers should massage the cream in, leave in for an hour, then wash out.

Seborrhoeic dermatitis was most common in the first 3 months of life, decreasing to less than 1 per cent of 4-year-olds affected, said Dr Foley.

Childhood seborrhoeic dermatitis did not seem to indicate whether the child will have eczema, psoriasis, or seborrhoeic dermatitis as an adult.

'In most cases, really simple things like careful drying, avoiding soap on the skin, and using moisturiser ... are all that's needed,' Dr Foley said.

Otherwise, hydrocortisone and occasionally an antifungal agent could be used.

'The reason that we say [cradle cap and seborrhoeic dermatitis are] a public health problem is that they are a nuisance,' Dr Foley said.

'Most children don't need any medical intervention. Parents need education and simple measures as a way of preventing them.'





Reproduced with kind permission from Medical Observer Weekly.
©Copyright: myDr, UBM Medica Australia, 2000-2011. All rights reserved.

Danielle - posted on 07/01/2011

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Well I had been letting her wash her hair in my shampoo (herbal essence) b/c she "wanted to be a big girl like Mommy". She has really curly hair and is tender headed so I HAVE to use conditioner. The only time it's not used is when Dad gives her a bath he"forgets"=/ I'll give Head & Shoulders a try until Tuesday when she goes to the Dr. It doesn't bother her..it just looks horrible. Thanks ladies you have been really helpful =)

Christy - posted on 07/01/2011

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Do you use conditioner on her hair? I use a leave in conditioner for my daughter (she has long hair) called Infusium and it works wonders keeping her hair shiney and scalp moisturized. (she had cradle cap bad before that at age 2) She is almost 3 now.

Angela - posted on 07/01/2011

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My nephew has it bad. I had to put vasaline on his head and scrape it off with my fingernail. My sister said oh yeah he gets it all the time cause he dont wash his head good...duh Kendra no its cause its like a condition. try a good conditioner and leave it on while she plays in the tub for a bit then comb it thru her hair might help. dry scalp is all it is. both my sons had it as babies. I called it cradle crap lol. I tried it on my newborn baby now 13 and all his baby hair fell our when i rinsed!!! :O I cried and hubby @ time said "didnt my boy have hair when I left this morning" live n learn.

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It sounds like Psoriasis. I have it on my scalp. I first noticed a small patch when I was in 8th grade. It has sense spread all over my scalp, but thankfully no further. For the most part it hardly ever itches or hurts, but there are times when it does flare up.

Kathy - posted on 07/01/2011

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when my son had it, i was suggested to use head and shoulders with a soft brush while washing his hair. once i did that two or three times it was gone.

Amanda - posted on 07/01/2011

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I have not had this problem but my mom told me when i had my kids that cradle cap is mainly caused by not rinsing the shampoo out of the hair properly. i would get her checked to make sure its not something more serious... but if it is cradle cap a little more rinsing might just do the trick. Good Luck!!!

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