As dermatologists in Boulder we see people of all ages, from the very young to the very old. We treat common and uncommon skin conditions as well as providing procedures and treatments for aging skin. This week’s blog will look at Cradle Cap. Most cases of this common skin condition are seen by pediatricians but occasionally we get asked about it so we’ll cover it this week.

What is cradle cap?

  • What we call cradle cap is known by many names, including neonatal seborrhoeic dermatitis.
  • It is a skin condition that creates patchy scaling and thick yellow crusts of skin on the scalp of a baby, usually developing in the first three months of life.

Does it bother the baby?

  • Babies do not seem bothered at all by cradle cap.
  • Older children who have persistent cradle cap also do not report itching.

Do I need to take my baby to the doctor for it?

  • In general, babies with cradle cap do not need a special trip to the doctor for it.
  • Only if the crust resists home treatment or spreads to the babies face or body does it need to be brought to the attention of your pediatrician.

What causes cradle cap?

  • When babies are born, their bodies, including their skin, have to adjust to being outside the womb.
  • Part of this adjustment is their bodies is metabolizing the hormones from their mother.
  • This is one of the suspected causes of cradle cap.

Call Kallgren Dermatology Clinic for the treatment of common and uncommon skin conditions.