Should the cradle cap persist beyond the aid of dandruff shampoo, your child's pediatrician may prescribe a prescription hydrocortisone cream that works to control the irritation and hormonal activity in affected areas.
Using certain topical antibiotics at the same time as hydrocortisone (a topical corticosteroid used to treat inflammation) may hide signs of infection or allergic reaction.
Over-the-counter hydrocortisone creams and ointments and numbing sprays and lotions containing benzocaine and other anesthetic agents can relieve itching as well.
If they require medical treatment, CAH children with the milder form of the disorder are usually effectively treated with hydrocortisone or prednisone.
Oral hydrocortisone is prescribed for younger children, and prednisone or dexamethasone is prescribed for older children.
Mild steroid creams, such as 0.5 to 1 percent hydrocortisone, may be used to treat seborrheic dermatitis and intertrigo.
A dermatologist can prescribe an antibiotic or even Acutane for acne and a hydrocortisone cream or Elidel for eczema.
Intravenous fluids and injections of antihistamines or corticosteroids such as hydrocortisone also are administered.
Topical hydrocortisone or antihistamine will help, as will Calomine lotion, warm compresses and cool baths.
Intertrigo can be treated with a combination of hydrocortisone and anti-fungal creams.