Also called cradle cap, seborrheic dermatitis in the infant is characterized by fine white scales. However, seborrheic dermatitis can also occur in the diaper area, face, neck, and trunk. Seborrheic dermatitis in this age group usually clears within the first year.
The exact cause of this skin condition is not known.
The following are the most common signs and symptoms of cradle cap. However, each child may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms include dry or greasy scales on the scalp. Scalp may also appear red. It usually does not itch.
Cradle cap is usually diagnosed based on physical examination of your child. The rash involved with cradle cap is unique, and can usually be diagnosed simply on physical examination.
Specific treatment for cradle cap will be determined by your child's doctor based on:
Although the condition responds to treatment, it may recur. Treatment is usually effective in helping symptoms and may include:
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