Common Baby Health Problems Parents Should Be Aware Of

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Among the most common infant problems is cradle cap, the accumulation of crusty or oily scales on the top of your baby’s head. Much like spitting up, cradle cap isn’t pretty, but it’s not painful (or itchy) for your baby. Skin flakes and scaly patches of skin are all symptoms of cradle cap and will typically clear up in a few weeks. Washing the scaly parts of your baby’s scalp with a mild shampoo will help clear up cradle cap. However, you shouldn’t try to peel or scratch the patches of dry skin. If the issue is severe your doctor might also prescribe a medicated shampoo

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