Cradle Cap or Seborrheic Dermatitis

What is it?
Seborrhea is scaling skin problem (yellow crusty scales).

Where is it found?
It is most often found in the scalp, eyebrows, beside the nose, behind the ears, in the arm pits and in the diaper area.

What is the cause?
The exact cause is unknown. It is often worse in the cold weather.

Is it contagious?

What is the treatment?
Most often your doctor will prescribe or suggest a shampoo and a cream or lotion that will clear the condition. Hydrocortisone cream may be helpful for short periods of time. Usually 2-3 times a day for 3-5 days. Applying baby oil to your infant scalp, usually 1-2 hours prior to shampooing, may be helpful.

Does it come back?
Yes, it may come back even after it has been treated. If it returns, resume the treatment as previously recommended and notify your child’s pediatrician. If the rash is severe or appears infected, notify your child’s physician immediately.