Cradle cap (seborrheic dermatitis) is a very common scalp condition that affects many babies. It causes yellow-toned, greasy, scaly patches on the scalp and sometimes around the eyebrows and in folds of the skin elsewhere on the body. It is usually a harmless condition that doesn’t cause discomfort, and will clear up by itself in time. Any hair-loss caused by cradle cap will be temporary, and the hair should grow back well after the condition clears.
It is not altogether clear why babies suffer from cradle cap, but it is thought to be linked to residual hormones left in the body from birth. A surge of hormones can cause an imbalance in the sebaceous glands, which causes an overproduction of sebum and oil and can lead to a build of skin cells on the surface of the scalp.
Cradle cap is more common in families who have a history of hayfever, eczema and asthma, and may be the result of an inherited intolerance to allergens.
Medical treatment for cradle cap is not normally necessary, but if the skin becomes itchy, red, sore or inflamed, check with your GP or healthcare advisor.
Home remedies are the usual course of action, and you might like to try:
As precautionary action: