So this long-awaited moment has arrived - a young mother with a newborn at home. Now all the attention is only to him - my mother's crumbs. He's so cute, just a booze, skin is soft, pink. The fingers on the handles are tiny, but they cling to everything, they all strive to grab, especially mother's hair. Dad said the kid looked like him. So no, mother's nose, maybe daddy's ears, and the hairs almost do not grow, only fluff of incomprehensible color. Oh, and what is it on our crown, just some kind of crust, this is just not enough. Calm, mom, now we'll figure it out. So, if the crust on the head of a baby, how to remove it?
A crust on the head of a baby: causes and consequences
Just say - this is not a disease. The formation of such a crust on the head of an infant is a very common phenomenon, which occurs some time after birth. And it can appear not only in the parietal region, but also on the temples, as well as on the edges of the infant. Such a crust often resembles dandruff. As they just do not call it: milk crusts, lullaby, scales, gneiss.
But no matter how such crusts are called, the nature of their origin is the same. It is all about the external secretion glands, whose activity increases during the period when the baby adapts to the new environment. The glands produce fatty grease that is distributed over the surface of the baby’s head, which forms a crust when dried. Medicine calls this phenomenon dermatitis seborrheic or seborrhea.
In most cases, seborrhea passes to a year old, but not a single mother can observe so much time for this dandruff. Moreover, although seborrheic scales in infants and pass without consequences, their prevention is necessary. This is primarily due to the fact that the scalp does not breathe under the crust. The second point - clogged sebaceous glands inhibit the development of hair follicles, and this can later lead to the fact that the hair will be thin, sparse and brittle. And the child's head in places of scales accumulation itches, which is why the baby is nervous.
In addition to physiological causes, factors of external influence on the scalp of the baby can also provoke the appearance of gneiss:
- dry scalp due to impaired secretion of the sebaceous glands due to too careful daily bathing or improper hardness of the water used for washing;
- excessive sweating of the scalp due to the round-the-clock stay in a hat or cap;
- allergic reaction to a change in diet, for example, the introduction of complementary foods or feeding infant formulas;
- skin irritation due to the use of hygiene products that include non-natural ingredients: flavoring agents, preservatives, perfumes or dyes.
What do we have to do?
Since we have found out that the appearance of seborrhoeic scales on a baby’s head is not a disease, the discussion will deal not with treatment, but with the rules of care for the hair and skin of the baby. The first thing you have to do is to suppress your burning desire to immediately take up the scallop and comb out all this ugliness, which so spoils the look of your crumbs. In no case do not need to peel off the crust, firstly, because you still do not completely remove it, secondly, you can easily injure the thin skin, and thirdly, you risk bringing infection. But it is also not worthwhile to allow it to be ruined, since then removing the crust will be extremely difficult.
In order to remove all formed crusts gently and without consequences, you should follow these recommendations:
- To combat seborrheic dermatitis, you need a baby cap made from natural material, a soft brush, a softening agent. This may be a special baby shampoo, olive, burdock or sesame oil. Mustel shampoo from seborrheic crusts is well suited.
- With a cotton swab, gently apply a softening agent on the places where there is a crust, and put the cap on the baby for 2-3 hours. It is best to do this before bedtime - let the child sleep in a hat.
- After softening the crust, bathe the baby, thoroughly wash everything off your head. Then, using a brush, with maximum care, comb the crust. You can also use baby scallops with rounded teeth.
- If part of the scales are not combed out, it does not matter, they will wash off, most likely, at the next bathing.
- If you have not achieved the desired, do not despair and repeat the procedure after a week, but not earlier. In principle, even if everything worked out the first time, the procedure can be repeated weekly for the purpose of prevention.
A good remedy for the prevention and treatment of seborrheic crusts is Mustel shampoo for infants. This is a special shampoo, which is used since the birth of the baby. Its formula contains avocado, a natural component that gently cares for the baby’s skin and enriches its cellular structure, while the kerato-regulating effect of the shampoo contributes to the elimination of crusts.
Komarovsky gives advice to parents
But an opinion about the milk crust on the head of a baby doctor Komarovsky:
- Absolutely there is no cause for concern, this feature is characteristic of many children in infancy, it can be said, this is an age.
- Moms in this situation, rather, care about the process of removing the crust, rather than its appearance. Believe me, this is not so necessary, because the crusts themselves will pass as the child grows up.
- But if all the same crust does not give you peace, combed them, after having softened them with any vegetable oil you find in your kitchen. Brush out very carefully, so as not to hurt or injure the baby’s skin. Take the scallop with blunt teeth.
Preventing the appearance of a crust on the head of a baby
In order to avoid the reappearance of gneiss follow the following rules:
- temper your baby by making air baths, including those for the scalp, and also remove the cap more often;
- brush your child daily, preferably with a soft brush, besides, it will stimulate hair growth;
- bathe the child with the use of baby detergents no more than 1-2 times a week;
- use natural fiber hats;
- Keep the child’s room at an acceptable temperature and humidity.
In general, mothers, the crust on your baby's head is a commonplace phenomenon and not worth special experiences. If you follow all the recommendations and proper care, it will quickly come down. Health to you and your children!