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Pediatric Seborrheic Dermatitis (Cradle Cap)

Key Points About Seborrheic Dermatitis (Cradle Cap)

  • Cradle cap is scaly patches on a baby’s scalp.
  • Babies between ages 3 weeks and 12 months are at greater risk of getting cradle cap. 
  • The problem is not serious and will go away over time.
  • Most cases of cradle cap can be treated at home by using a soft-bristled brush, frequent shampooing and applying baby oil.
Children's Team

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The Division of Dermatology at Children's National Hospital continues to expand services as more families seek our expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the skin, hair and nails.