Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Seborrhea Capitis Treatment

Treatment of cradle cap includes routine scalp cleansing and regular use of a baby shampoo. Cleansing can be accomplished by applying baby oil to the scalp to soften and loosen the scales, and then brush them away with a soft dry towel. Severe cases of cradle cap may require treatment with a medicated shampoo. Most cases of cradle cap resolve in a few months.

Treatment for cradle cap includes:

  • Cleaning the scalp daily:
    • Apply baby oil to the scalp to soften and loosen the scales, and then brush them away with a soft, dry towel.
    • Clean gently with baby shampoo
  • Medicated shampoo for cradle cap:

Seborrhea Capitis Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat cradle cap:

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Last Updated: Jun 7, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Seborrhea Capitis References
  1. Cohen S. Should we treat infantile seborrhoeic dermatitis with topical antifungals or topical steroids? Arch Dis Child. 2004 Mar;89(3):288-9. [14977719]
  2. Janniger CK. Infantile seborrheic dermatitis: an approach to cradle cap. Cutis. 1993 Apr;51(4):233-5. [8477601]
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