Cradle cap (seborrhea)
What causes cradle cap?
Nobody knows for sure. It seems to involve inflammation of the skin with excess excretion of sebum, which leads to the greasy scales.
Does cradle cap (or seborrhea) occur in older children?
Mild, localized cases can occur in children of all ages. If the rash is extremely itchy, in an older infant or child, or persists for several weeks, then other causes of rash should be considered.
What are the symptoms of cradle cap (seborrhea)?
- Pink, blotchy rash with yellow, greasy scaling. It often occurs on the scalp in infants, but is also common on the face, diaper area and neck.
- The rash is usually not itchy (but can be)
- It usually comes and goes, and responds well to treatment
- It is not associated with diarrhea, poor weight gain or fever
How is cradle cap diagnosed?
A physician can diagnose cradle cap by the way it looks. Tests are not necessary unless another cause is suspected.
How is cradle cap treated?
- Using a soft brush or wet rag, the scale can be gently removed.
- Dandruff shampoos can be used like lotions on the lesions
- Rarely, steroid creams may be necessary
Last Updated (Tuesday, 23 June 2009 10:51)