What is cradle cap

July 192012

Many moms are scared when she notices that her little baby has cradle cap. First it’s important to know what cradle cap is and how to treat it. It may seem bad but it’s not as serious although it’s important to treat it.

First let’s see what cradle cap is:

Cradle cap (infantile or neonatal seborrhoeic dermatitis, also known as crusta lactea, milk crust, honeycomb disease) is a yellowish, patchy, greasy, scaly and crusty skin rash that occurs on the scalp of recently born babies. It is usually not itchy, and does not bother the baby. Cradle cap most commonly begins sometime in the first 3 months. Similar symptoms in older children are more likely to be dandruff than cradle cap. The rash is often prominent around the ear, the eyebrows or the eyelids. It may appear in other locations as well, where it is called seborrhoeic dermatitis rather than cradle cap. Some countries use the term pityriasis capitis for cradle cap. It is extremely common, with about half of all babies affected. Most of them have a mild version of the disorder. Severe cradle cap is rare.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cradle_cap 

How to treat cradle cap:

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