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    Is cradle cap eczema?

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  • The role of the Eczema Association of Australasia Inc (EAA) is to be a supportive body for eczema sufferers and carers, to increase public awareness … View Profile

    Cradle cap is an inflammatory skin condition that affects babies. It causes yellow crusts on the scalp. It is commonly present in the first three months of life, and is rare after the age of one year. It is a form of seborrhoeic dermatitis - which is another name for eczema.
    Sebaceous glands in the scalp make sebum, which oils the skin. It is thought that babies have high levels of maternal hormones in their bodies for several weeks or months following birth and these hormones enlarge the glands, making more sebum. Some component in the sebum, as yet unknown, causes skin inflammation.
    Cradle cap usually clears by itself after a few months. If scaly patches are severe or appear on the face or other parts of the body, you may wish to seek help from your GP.

  • I have been a paediatric registered nurse for over twenty years. I am trained asthma educator, early childhood nurse and currently work in the area … View Profile

    No cradle cap is not except, see answer above. Cradle cap can be effectively treated by washing childrens hear regularly and using a fine tooth comb to gently comb through the cradle cap. 

  • Maria Nguyen

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    Cradle cap is not eczema and can be treated easily by washing an infant hair and and combing them. My son had a cradle cap for first 2 months and then it just went away on its own. If you have any more questions or concerns, I would recommend you to contact your child's pediatrician.

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