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Cradle cap is an oily, yellow
scaling or crusting on a baby's scalp. It is common in babies and is easily
treated. Cradle cap is not a part of any illness and does not imply that a baby
is not being well cared for.
Cradle cap is the normal
buildup of sticky skin oils, scales, and sloughed skin cells.
Cradle cap is not harmful to your baby. It usually
goes away by a baby's first birthday.
Home treatment is usually all
that is needed for cradle cap.
above measures do not work, talk to your doctor before using a
dandruff shampoo. If these
products get in your baby's eyes, they can cause irritation. Your doctor may prescribe other medicines.
Other Works Consulted
American Academy of Pediatrics (2009). Skin. In SP Shelov et al., eds., Caring For Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5, 5th ed., pp. 813–836. New York: Bantam.
Hall JC (2010). Seborrheic dermatitis, acne, and rosacea. In JC Hall, ed., Sauer's Manual of Skin Diseases, 9th ed., pp. 149–159. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerSusan C. Kim, MD - PediatricsSpecialist Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Current as ofNovember 20, 2015
Current as of:
November 20, 2015
Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics & John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
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