Infantile Seborrheic Eczema (Cradle Cap)

Infantile Seborrhoeic Eczema is a type of dermatitis which is the result of an accumulation of dead skin cells. It is most common in the first three months of a baby’s life, however it can affect toddlers as well.

It appears as a mass of thick, brown-yellow, greasy scales on top of the scalp and sometimes on the forehead. If the condition continues into infancy crusty patches often with a red surround may appear on the scalp, behind the ears, on the eyebrows and in the skin folds such as the under arm or diaper area.

Cradle cap is not inherited

Cradle cap, as it is commonly known, is not inherited and rarely bothers the baby, but parents are often worried by its appearance. If scratched the plates may become infected. The condition will usually clear up on its own however there are many remedies and treatments which have been used to aid in the removal of the patches.

  • Add a few drops of tea tree oil to a mild shampoo.
  • Make a paste of sodi bicarbonate and water and apply it to the scalp. Leave for 5 – 10 minutes before washing off.
  • Wash and gently massage the head using Grahams shampoo and conditioner .
  • Massage Calendulis Plus Cream into the scalp after bathing each evening.

Mel Sinclair, RN