CRADLE CAP

By Gary M. White, MD

Cradle Cap


Cradle cap is the infantile version of seborrheic dermatitis.

Clinical

The infant may have anywhere from fine, white scaling to greasy, thick hyperkeratosis of the scalp.

Treatment

Gentle, daily use of baby shampoo should be tried initially. If this fails or the crust is particularly thick, a vegetable or other oil overnight and a mild tar shampoo in the AM is usually effective. A soft infant brush or comb may be helpful to remove any adherent crust. Ketoconazole 2% cream is also shown to be an effective choice with a clinical cure rate of 79%. Occasionally, a mild topical steroid may be needed.

RegionalDerm

Homepage | FAQs | Use of Images | Contact Dr. White


It is not the intention of RegionalDerm.com to provide specific medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. RegionalDerm.com only intends to provide users with information regarding various medical conditions for educational purposes and will not provide specific medical advice. Information on RegionalDerm.com is not intended as a substitute for seeking medical treatment and you should always seek the advice of a qualified healthcare provider for diagnosis and for answers to your individual questions. Information contained on RegionalDerm.com should never cause you to disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking treatment. If you live in the United States and believe you are having a medical emergency call 911 immediately.