Cradle Cap

Cradle Cap

Cradle Cap (infantile seborrhoeic dermatitis) is a patchy, greasy, scaly and crusty skin rash that occurs on the scalp of recently born babies.

Cradle cap can occur in any baby, and most commonly begins sometime in the first 3 months. The same rash is often prominent around the ear or the eyebrows. It may appear in other locations as well, where it is called seborrheic dermatitis rather than cradle cap.

Cradle cap will go away by washing the baby’s hair regularly with a mild baby shampoo, and rubbing oil on the baby’s scalp. In severe cases some doctors recommend use of dandruff shampoo.

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