My 11-month-old baby has been experiencing itchiness on their head, and it seems like there might be some dandruff. Can you provide guidance on what might be causing this and how I can address it?
Thank you for reaching out to Dr. Galen. Please find the below response to your query.
1. Identification of Symptoms:
The symptoms you've described, including itchiness and a dandruff-like appearance on your baby's head, are indicative of cradle cap.
2. Recommended Treatment:
To address cradle cap, consider using coconut oil as a gentle remedy.
3. Application of Coconut Oil:
Apply coconut oil to the affected areas, allowing it to sit for a short period to soften the dandruff.
4. Gently Lift Scales:
Use a soft comb to gently lift off the softened scales during your baby's regular bathing routine.
5. Monitoring and Further Action:
Keep a close eye on the condition, and if the symptoms persist or worsen.