Dr. Jim Sears says, parents, have your kids wear sunscreen!
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All About Baby Cradle Cap Dr. Travis Stork: We’ve covered your biggest concerns when it comes to your skin and Doctor Sears has one last tip he wants to share with us. Dr. Jim Sears: We’re going to talk about cradle cap and as a new mom, moms can be embarrassed about cradle cap because it’s that flaky, yellowish, it kind of looks like dandruff in the baby’s scalp. You can see it there. If it is bad enough to look like that, it can be itchy but other than that, it’s not harmful, it’s not a sign that you’re not a good mom or it’s not about hygiene, it’s just basically over active sebaceous glands, oil glands in the scalp often from moms leftover hormones after birth and it usually happens around a couple a weeks after birth or even a few months after birth. So, you don’t need to worry about it but there’s a few things you can do to help get rid of it and basically, first off you want to start by not washing the hair too much, only once or twice a week. If you do it more than that, it dries out the scalp, makes those oil glands even more active to overcompensate it. Dr. Lisa Masterson: This is over reacting like, “Oh my gosh! What am I going to do?” Dr. Jim Sears: You’re only going to wash up and you don’t want to scrub it really hard. You want to be gentle with it. Dr. Travis Stork: So, I’m confused, Doctor Sears, so we’re saying that it’s too oily but then you’re drying it, so cradle cap, is it dry, is it too oily? Dr. Jim Sears: Basically it’s from over active oil glands and if you dry out your scalp too much, those oil glands say, “Hey! I need more oil.” So, they stimulate themselves. Dr. Travis Stork: Okay. Dr. Jim Sears: You can hold the baby and what you do is right before bath time, you’re going to do is right before bath time, just put a little olive oil under the scalp. Rub it into those flakes, okay and that’s going to kind of loosen those flakes and then you let it sit there for maybe ten, fifteen minutes or so and then you take a soft baby brush or even a soft toothbrush. Buy an extra one for this; don’t use your regular toothbrush. You just kind of brush, you kind of basically brush off those flakes very gently after they’re softened. And then here’s the most important part, you don’t want to leave the oil in. A lot of moms leave the oil in, no. You want to then wash the baby’s hair with a good, usual, the regular baby shampoo. Get the oil out and then you’re good to go. Now, if it’s pretty severe, often I‘ll recommend parents to use over-the-counter dandruff shampoo but you got to make sure it stays out of the baby’s eyes because it can irritate. That’s about it. Dr. Travis Stork: Thank you Doctor Sears. We want to thank all of our guest for being here today and Doctor Sears for bringing your baby to the show today. If you want more information about anything you saw on the show today, as always, visit The DoctorsTV.com and you know what? Doctor Sears, why don’t you give doctor’s orders today? Dr. Jim Sears: Well, we’ve been talking about skin care all day today and a lot of people don’t realize but 80 percent of the skin damage, sun damage are going to get on your whole lifetime happens before you’re eighteen. So, please parents, have your kids wear sunscreen. It’s so important.