Seborrheic Dermatitis/ Cradle cap

Cradle cap is a very common condition of infancy, although a variation of the condition occurs well into adulthood.

You will notice an oily, yellow or white scaling over the top of the head. There may be scaling and redness in the eyebrows, eyelashes, creases of the nose, behind the ears, around the umbilical cord and various other places. It can become quite thick or be barely noticeable. The infant is not bothered by its presence. It may disappear without treatment or persist indefinitely.

Treatment begins by loosening the scales with mineral oil and gentle brushing with a soft toothbrush. Wash with Dove™ or a mild soap. Regular treatment may be all that is necessary. In older children, anti-dandruff shampoos like Sebulex™, Selsun™, or Head and Shoulders™ will help. In severe cases, hydrocortisone lotions may be needed.