Cradle Cap or Vernix Caseosa
Cradle Cap (Vernix Caseosa) appears as a soft sebaceous like scalp covering in some babies during the the first few months of life. Cradle cap is a foetal barrier produced in late pregnancy, resulting from a combination of sebaceous & epidermal lipids, combined with desquamation of maturing foetal corneocytes. Cradle cap moisturises and waterproofs the skin and acts as a powerful natural wound healer.
Research suggests that Vernix may enhance wound healing in adults.
Cradle cap usually disappears within the first year. However if symptoms persist advice should be sought. Similarities to other such skin conditions may mask a more serious ailment.
If you would like to know more about cradle cap or any other skin condition, please contact our advice line top of page. You can speak with one of our trichologist’s who will advise you.
The most important thing to remember is to seek professional advice if you are concerned about your child. This may be a minor condition that will rectify with age or treatment. This may be a more sinister condition that will require specialists help.
We assume that you would have visited your GP first. Most people do. Hopefully the issue has shown signs of improvement. However, if not you may be seeking alternative advice. You are welcome to contact us and we will do our best to assist you.
There are many other skin conditions that may show similarities to cradle cap in the first instance