A couple of weeks back, we noticed that Emma was beginning to develop some red rashes on her scalp. We’d thought it was just an extension of her baby acne on her face which we figured would heal itself by the 2nd month.
However, the rashes on her scalp began to take on a yellow-brownish look that was crusty and scabby. It looked really dry. After googling and calling her pediatrician, Emma was diagnosed as having cradle cap, also known as Seborrhoeic Dermatitis. Apparently it is pretty common in newborn babies.
I also noticed that the rash had spread to behind her ears and it looked really uncomfortable for her, because it was red and raw. Also, it was oozing some liquid. 🙁
Our pediatrician suggested we try some hydrocortisone 1% cream on the skin behind her ears. It’s a steroid cream, so I used it sparingly.
Thankfully, this treatment cleared her up within 2 days. 🙂
That wasn’t the end of it though. As soon as it cleared, I noticed Emma’s neck area was getting really red and sore. The creases in between her folds had some creamy-like substance too. Fearing an infection, I took her to her pediatrician, and the doctor thought it looked like a bacterial infection. She prescribed bacitracin, an anti-bacterial ointment to be applied 2-3 times daily.
Also, because her cradle cap scabs were still present, the pediatrician suggested the following steps to be done 3-4 times weekly:
- Using some baby oil/olive oil, massage gently into scalp to soften the crusts. Leave on for 10 minutes.
- Loosen the crusts gently using either a soft baby toothbrush, soft comb or wash cloth.
- Shampoo off using an anti-dandruff shampoo, containing selenium sulfide.
We’re so pleased to note that we are seeing so much improvement after treatment. Emma still has some rough patches on her skin which we are treating with the hydrocortisone, and hopefully her skin will clear up 100% soon.