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What is infantile seborrheic dermatitis?

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asked Mar 30, 2016 in Health and Fitness by anonymous
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Infantile seborrheic dermatitis also known as cradle cap is a very common skin condition among infants. The condition is characterized by rough scaly patches on the baby's scalp. The condition can affect newborn as well as kids up to three years of age. The main symptoms of the condition include greasy patches of skin, red and irritated skin, hair loss, and thick crusty flakes. Although the exact cause of this condition is unknown, most medical experts believe that it is caused due to antibiotics taken by the mother during pregnancy, overstimulation of the oil glands of the baby, and extreme weather conditions.
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http://www.top10homeremedies.com/home-remedies/home-remedies-cradle-cap.html

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Cradle-cap/Pages/introduction.aspx


answered Mar 30, 2016 by nilupa1973 (35,290 points)
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Infantile seborrheic dermatitis is another name for the common infant skin condition known as "cradle cap." [1] It causes scaly skin that is yellow and greasy to form on the baby's skin.

 

The condition seborrheic dermatitis is what causes dandruff in children, teens, and adults. The infantile condition is most common in newborns to children under the age of 3. [2] There is no known cause, but there are several things that may be linked with it, which include the yeast known as malassezia, oily skin, immune system problems, extreme weather, and the like.

 

Seborrheic dermatitis can affect anyone, but the infantile condition usually goes away on its own. The more severe cases should be treated by a doctor, especially if they create red patches, ooze fluids, contribute to hair loss, show signs of infection, or seem linked to the child's inability to gain weight, or present other similar issues. It should also be noted that this condition is not connected with hygiene and it is not contagious.

 

The duration of the condition varies, but for many children, it usually only lasts the first 6 weeks of life. [3] It is also common for some children to have it the first 6 to 9 months of life, but it may last much longer.

 

Despite the common name "cradle cap," this condition can affect children on other areas of the body aside from the head. This condition can occur on the face, neck, and ears as well. [4] It can also occur on the groin and the armpits.

 

References:

 

[1] http://patient.info/doctor/infant-seborrhoeic-dermatitis

 

[2] http://kidshealth.org/en/parents/cradle-cap.html

 

[3] http://www.dermnetnz.org/dermatitis/cradle-cap.html

 

[4] http://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/0101/p47.html

answered Apr 5, 2016 by deviousdesigner (36,530 points)

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