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Cradle Cap and Gut Health: What’s the Relation?

Seborrheic Dermatitis Causes And Symptoms

When your baby experiences cradle cap (the official term is seborrheic dermatitis), you probably don’t correlate the flakes and scales with gut health – after all, it is a skin condition, right?

While cradle cap is a common condition that involves your baby’s scalp, those scaly patches may be the result of the gut flora. After all, when technically speaking, cradle cap is considered a yeast infection by definition.

But does gut health impact when babies get cradle cap?

Let’s take a closer look at cradle cap and gut health, what causes cradle cap, and our best recommendation for treatment.

How Does Cradle Cap Relate to Gut Health?

“Trust your gut” has always been a meaningful phrase, but did you know that people also call the gut the second brain?

According to the Cleveland Clinic, we refer to the gut this way “because the enteric nervous system relies on the same type of neurons and neurotransmitters that are found in the central nervous system, some medical experts call it our ‘second brain.’”

The way you take care of this important system has a direct impact on overall health and wellness. This also heavily involves the skin. In fact, some doctors say that an unhealthy gut will have a major effect on your skin and could lead to conditions like inflammation and eczema.

In this way, the relationship between cradle cap and gut health might be more clear. However, there’s still no evidence that shows the direct impact that the gut flora has on cradle cap. In general, there’s still no pinpointed cause of cradle cap.

Is Cradle Cap Preventable?

Since the cause of cradle cap isn’t concrete, it’s not a preventable condition either. The best you can do to treat the condition is to use medicated shampoo designed specifically for seborrheic dermatitis and leave the scaly patches alone. Make sure to avoid:

Letting your baby’s cradle cap go away on its own requires a lot of patience, but it’s the healthiest foot forward for your little one.

How to Treat Cradle Cap

While cradle cap shouldn’t bring pain or discomfort to your little one, we understand the desire to get rid of it and gain peace of mind while you wash your baby’s hair. Instead of going for the natural remedies like petroleum jelly and coconut oil (that can clog your baby’s oil glands and potentially lead to infection) we recommend our Happy Cappy Cradle Cap Shampoo.

Named “Best Cradle Cap Shampoo” in Parents magazine in 2021, our shampoo is the only one formulated to treat flaking and irritation of the skin for children of all ages. Dermatologist-tested and loved, Happy Cappy products are hypoallergenic and free of parabens, phthalates, sulfates, synthetic colors, and synthetic fragrances.

Beyond our Medicated Shampoo and Body Wash, we also have moisturizing creams, everyday shampoos, and much more.

Shop our products for relief, soothing, and prevention today!

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