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Cradle Cap

Cradle Cap is a condition that occurs in infants manifesting with thick scale on the scalp. It is a form of seborrheic dermatitis or dandruff. Cradle Cap occurs in almost 90% of infants and children.

Cradle Cap

Cradle Cap

What is Cradle Cap?

Cradle Cap is a condition that occurs primarily in infants but people in these two age groups are found to be at a higher risk to experiencing seborrheic dermatitis or dandruff:
• Infants 3 months of age and younger.
• Adults between 30 and 60 years of age.

Seborrheic dermatitis can also affect the skin on other parts of the body, such as the face and chest, and the creases of the arms, legs and groin. Seborrheic dermatitis usually causes the skin to look a little greasy and scaly or flaky.

What causes Cradle Cap?

The exact cause isn’t known. Seborrheic dermatitis may be related to hormones, because the disorder often appears in infancy and disappears before puberty. Or the cause might be related to an overgrowth of, or abnormal reaction to, a type of yeast (fungus) called malassezia furfur (formerly aka pityrosporum ovale). This organism is normally present on the skin in small amounts.

How is Cradle Cap Treated?

The treatment of seborrheic dermatitis depends on its locations on the body. In infants Cradle Cap is so common that Dr. Janiga does not usually recommend any treatment unless it is severe or disturbing to the child. Adults with this condition have a variety of treatment options depending on severity and their medical history, which can include both medication and skin care strategies.

Will Cradle Cap go away?

In infants, Cradle Cap usually appears gradually in the first few months of life and fades starting about 3-6 months old. Most children have complete resolution by their 2nd birthday or sooner.

Adults or adolescents who experience seborrheic dermatitis symptoms may experience prolonged periods of symptoms or occasional flare-ups.

Are Cradle Cap and seborrheic dermatitis treatments and evaluations available at your Reno office?

Yes. Appointment length varies depending on the severity of the condition and if Dr. Jennifer Janiga feels that treatment is required, and is usually between 15-30 minutes.

For more information or to set up a consultation with Dr. Jennifer Janiga, for an evaluation and treatment of Cradle Cap or seborrheic dermatitis in our Reno dermatology offices, please send us an email or call 775-398-4600.

Jennifer J. Janiga, MD, FAAD

Dr. Janiga enjoys taking care of both adults and children. Her extensive training and years of experience in medical dermatology, lasers, and cosmetic procedures allows her to treat her patients with the comprehensive attention they deserve.

Dr. Janiga listens attentively to what patients have to say, and works with them in planning the right course of action on an individual basis. Honest talk, humility and a fresh perspective paired with years of experience and education all contribute to the effectiveness of her straightforward care.