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Health Tip: Soothe Baby's Cradle Cap

Posted 26 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Scaly red patches of skin on baby's scalp are commonly called cradle cap. It's a form of seborrheic dermatitis, otherwise known as recurring or chronic eczema. The American Academy of Family Physicians suggests how to manage cradle cap: Wash the scalp with a non-medicated, gentle shampoo for babies. Ask the pediatrician for a suggested brand. Apply petroleum jelly, mineral oil or olive oil to the scalp to help scales loosen. Use a soft toothbrush to help loosen scales. Be gentle to avoid breaking the skin, which could lead to infection. Read more

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Health Tip: Dealing With Dandruff

Posted 25 Jun 2013 by Drugs.com

-- Dandruff, medically called seborrheic dermatitis, is characterized by dry, flaky skin on the scalp. Though it can be embarrassing, especially to folks who wear black, there's no evidence that it's harmful. The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these treatment suggestions: Look for a dandruff shampoo that includes salicylic acid, selenium sulfide or zinc pyrithione. When dandruff is present, use this shampoo daily until symptoms are controlled, then switch to two to three times per week. When shampooing, lather and let sit for five minutes before rinsing out. If a dandruff shampoo doesn't control symptoms, talk to your doctor about adding a prescription steroid lotion. Read more

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