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What is cradle cap?

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This form of seborrheic dermatitis affects infants, typically in the first 6 months. It causes greasy, yellowish scales or crusts on the scalp. Although it may frighten parents, cradle cap is not a sign of a more serious infection, and it will usually clear up by the baby's first birthday.

From: Scalp Problems WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

News release, Sanofi Pasteur U.S.

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: "Dandruff."

CDC: "Head Lice, Treatment."

Zitelli, B.J.; Davis, H.W., eds. , 5th ed., Philadelphia, Mosby Elsevier. Atlas of Pediatric Physical Diagnosis

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Folliculitis

American Academy of Dermatology: "Seborrheic Dermatitis."

American Academy of Dermatology: “Lichen Planus.”

Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology , May 2014.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on January 29, 2017

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SOURCES:

News release, Sanofi Pasteur U.S.

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: "Dandruff."

CDC: "Head Lice, Treatment."

Zitelli, B.J.; Davis, H.W., eds. , 5th ed., Philadelphia, Mosby Elsevier. Atlas of Pediatric Physical Diagnosis

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Folliculitis

American Academy of Dermatology: "Seborrheic Dermatitis."

American Academy of Dermatology: “Lichen Planus.”

Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology , May 2014.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on January 29, 2017

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